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The urban-rural divide: Perceptions of income and social inequality in Central and Eastern Europe

The urban-rural divide: Perceptions of income and social inequality in Central and Eastern Europe
The urban-rural divide: Perceptions of income and social inequality in Central and Eastern Europe

A vast literature has related perceptions of income inequality to individuals' income: the higher the level of income, the less inequality is perceived. Here, examining the perceptions of income and social inequality, we argue that rural or urban residence affects both inequality perceptions and the impact of income on these perceptions. We test the theory using survey data from 12 Central and Eastern European countries and we find that income negatively affects inequality perceptions but only in urban areas. These findings confirm the importance of accounting for urbanity to understand what drives individuals' perceptions of inequality.

Central and Eastern Europe, Inequality perceptions
0967-0750
211-231
Binelli, Chiara
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Loveless, Matthew
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Binelli, Chiara
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Loveless, Matthew
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Binelli, Chiara and Loveless, Matthew (2016) The urban-rural divide: Perceptions of income and social inequality in Central and Eastern Europe. Economics of Transition, 24 (2), 211-231. (doi:10.1111/ecot.12087).

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Abstract

A vast literature has related perceptions of income inequality to individuals' income: the higher the level of income, the less inequality is perceived. Here, examining the perceptions of income and social inequality, we argue that rural or urban residence affects both inequality perceptions and the impact of income on these perceptions. We test the theory using survey data from 12 Central and Eastern European countries and we find that income negatively affects inequality perceptions but only in urban areas. These findings confirm the importance of accounting for urbanity to understand what drives individuals' perceptions of inequality.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 August 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 4 March 2016
Published date: 1 April 2016
Keywords: Central and Eastern Europe, Inequality perceptions

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Local EPrints ID: 413495
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/413495
ISSN: 0967-0750
PURE UUID: 30750b44-3533-476a-b04e-b56021ef3bd8

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Last modified: 24 Jul 2018 16:31

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