This is a guest post by Nick Bailey on some of the first work on the geography of attitudes to redistribution, based on his just-published paper (with four colleagues). More on this from me (Ben) over the summer too, it’s a really interesting area to investigate! 

As several previous posts on this list have noted (including this recent one by Brendan Saloner), concern about inequality and support for redistribution has declined as inequality has risen over the past 30 years (Figure 1). In a recent study (full paper available free), we explored one possible explanation for this: geography – or the increasing tendency for rich and poor to live apart.

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