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People's attitudes toward income inequality policies: How perceptions of opportunity and social class affect responsibility attribution

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  • HASHIMOTO Takaaki
    Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo:Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • SHIRAIWA Yuko
    Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo
  • KARASAWA Kaori
    Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, The University of Tokyo

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  • 経済格差の是正政策に対する人々の賛意 : 機会の平等性と社会階層の認知が責任帰属に与える影響の検討
  • ケイザイ カクサ ノ ゼセイ セイサク ニ タイスル ヒトビト ノ サンイ : キカイ ノ ビョウドウセイ ト シャカイ カイソウ ノ ニンチ ガ セキニン キゾク ニ アタエル エイキョウ ノ ケントウ

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Abstract

The present study examined the determinants of people's attitudes toward the Japanese government's income inequality policies. We focused particularly on people's perceived inequality of opportunity and self-perceptions of social class, and their effects on the perceived responsibility of income inequality. General survey data of 798 individuals indicated that when people perceive education/work opportunities as generally controllable through personal ability and effort, they attribute both onset and offset responsibilities more to the poor and less to the government, consequently showing less support for government intervention. Moreover, people's perception of social class moderated how they view opportunity: only among low-class respondents did the perception that opportunities are influenced by one's parents' income or their gender lead to the perception that opportunity is uncontrollable. High-class individuals, on the other hand, perceived the effects of parental income and gender on opportunity to be independent of the controllability of opportunities, suggesting that they believe that ability and effort hold strong power over general opportunity.

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  • CRID
    1390001204491940992
  • NII Article ID
    110009496274
  • NII Book ID
    AN10049127
  • DOI
    10.14966/jssp.kj00008195839
  • ISSN
    21891338
    09161503
  • NDL BIB ID
    023894878
  • Text Lang
    ja
  • Data Source
    • JaLC
    • NDL
    • CiNii Articles
    • KAKEN
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