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Liberté, égalité…religiosité

Journal article
Authors J. Esteban
G. Levy
Laura Mayoral
Published in Journal of Public Economics
Volume 164
Pages 241-253
ISSN 0047-2727
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 241-253
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2018.0...
Keywords Religiosity, Redistribution, Individual liberties, Political economy, model, inequality, world, Business & Economics
Subject categories Economics

Abstract

We study the effect of religiosity on the political choices over redistribution and the legal restrictions on personal liberties. We assume that the more religious an individual is, (i) the less he enjoys the use of liberties prohibited by his religion; and (ii) the higher the negative externality experienced when others practice those liberties. We show that legal restrictions on liberties has an impact on income inequality. We find that when the religious cleavage in society is large, high intolerance due to negative externalities leads to a political outcome consisting of repression of liberties and relatively low taxes. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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