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Dietmar Fehr

University of Heidelberg
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Heidelberg 69115
Germany

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NBER Working Papers and Publications

December 2019Your Place in the World: The Demand for National and Global Redistribution
with Johanna Mollerstrom, Ricardo Perez-Truglia: w26555
Some of today’s most heated policy debates about Brexit, trade wars, climate change abatement, and migration involve redistribution of resources within a given country (national redistribution) and between countries (global redistribution). Yet, theories and evidence on preferences for redistribution have focused almost exclusively on national redistribution. In this paper, we study preferences for global redistribution. The workhorse model in political economy predicts that individuals who are higher up in the national income distribution are less supportive of national redistribution than those who are lower. Applied to the global arena, the model predicts that individuals who are richer in the global income distribution will be less supportive of global redistribution. We test this hypo...
October 2019Poverty, Seasonal Scarcity and Exchange Asymmetries
with Günther Fink, Kelsey Jack: w26357
A growing literature associates poverty with biases in decision-making. We investigate this link in a sample of over 3,000 small-scale farmers in Zambia, who participated in a series of experiments involving the opportunity to exchange randomly assigned household items for alternative items of similar value. Analyzing a total of 5,842 trading decisions over a range of household items, we show that exchange asymmetries are sizable and remarkably robust across items and experimental procedures. Using cross sectional, seasonal and randomized variation in financial resource availability, we show that exchange asymmetries decrease in magnitude when subjects are more constrained. Consistent with the interpretation that financial constraints increase decision stakes, we also show that trading pro...
 
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