Living in the Garden of Eden: Mineral resources and preferences for redistribution

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Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
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Title
Living in the Garden of Eden: Mineral resources and preferences for redistribution
Journal
Journal of Comparative Economics
Author(s)
Couttenier M., Sangnier M.
ISSN
0147-5967
Publication state
Published
Issued date
05/2015
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
43
Number
2
Pages
243-256
Language
english
Abstract
This paper provides empirical evidence that mineral resources abundance is associated to preferences for redistribution in the United States. We show that individuals living in states with large mineral resources endowment are more opposed to redistribution than others. We take advantage of both the spatial and the temporal distributions of mineral resources discoveries since 1800 to uncover two mechanisms through which mineral resources can foster ones’ opposition to redistribution: either by transmission of values formed in the past, or by the exposure to mineral discoveries during individuals’ life-time. We show that both mechanisms matter to explain respondents’ preferences.
Keywords
Redistribution, Mineral resources, Persistence
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