REDISTRIBUTIVE POLICIES AND RECIPIENTS: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS

Author(s): GIANPIERO TORRISI
Newcastle University, CURDS
Journal: Journal of Academic Research in Economics
Volume: 2(1)
Year: 2010
Full text: http://www.jare-sh.com
Publisher: Spiru Haret University - Faculty of Accounting and Financial Management, Constanta

Abstract. In this paper I present an empirical analysis of redistributive policies with particular attention to transfers. Theoretical considerations are compared with some empirical observations at three levels of analysis: supranational, national and sub-national. The main conclusion of my work is that, general speaking, redistributive policies do not follow normative criteria that predict they should be targeted to disadvantaged groups. Moreover, to some extent, a positive correlation between lobbies’ power and some dynamics of transfers favourable to middle classes arises.

JEL CODE: E62, E63, H3

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