Amiel Y., Bernasconi M., Cowell F.A., Dardanoni V. (2013).

Do We Value Mobility?. Working Paper – Department of economics, Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice



Is there a trade-o between people’s preference for income equality and income mobility? Testing for the existence of such a trade-off is difficult because mobility is a multifaceted concept. We analyse results from a questionnaire experiment based on simple precise concepts of income inequality and income mobility. We nd no direct trade-o in preference between mobility and equality, but an indirect trade-o, applying when more income mobility can only be obtained at the expense of some income inequality. Mobility preference but not equality preference appears to be driven by personal experience of mobility.