NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Changing Social Contracts: Beliefs and Dissipative Inclusion in Brazil

Lee J. Alston, Marcus Melo, Bernardo Mueller, Carlos Pereira

NBER Working Paper No. 18588
Issued in December 2012

---- Acknowledgements -----

This paper originated as a paper presented at a Festschrift in honor of Thrainn Eggertsson in April 2012. The work of Eggertsson (2005) on the role of beliefs influencing social models and social equilibrium inspired our thoughts on social contracts with respect to inequality and redistribution. For comments we thank participants at the conference, Andy Baker and an anonymous referee. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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