Perceptions of inequality and attitudes towards redistribution in four East Asian welfare states

Hansung Kim, Sooyeon Huh, Sangmi Choi, Yushin Lee

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of perceived economic inequality and inequality of opportunity on individual preferences for redistributive policies among people in mainland China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Using data from the 2009 International Social Survey Program, a series of regression analyses were performed. Results of the analyses indicate that perceived economic inequality is the most significant predictive factor of attitudes towards redistribution in all four states. Perceived inequality of opportunity was positively associated with favourable attitudes towards redistribution in mainland China and South Korea. Perceived socioeconomic status was not found to have a significant effect on attitudes towards redistribution in South Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-39
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018 Jan 1

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Keywords

  • comparative analysis
  • inequality
  • public opinion
  • social policy
  • welfare attitudes

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In: International Journal of Social Welfare, Vol. 27, No. 1, 01.01.2018, p. 28-39.

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