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Living in the Garden of Eden: Mineral resources and preferences for redistribution

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This paper provides empirical evidence that mineral resources abundance is associated to preferences for redistribution in the United States. We show that individuals living in states with large mineral resources endowment are more opposed to redistribution than others. We take advantage of both the spatial and the temporal distributions of mineral resources discoveries since 1800 to uncover two mechanisms through which mineral resources can foster ones’ opposition to redistribution: either by transmission of values formed in the past, or by the exposure to mineral discoveries during individuals’ life-time. We show that both mechanisms matter to explain respondents’ preferences.

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hal-01457324 , version 1 (06-02-2017)

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Mathieu Couttenier, Marc Sangnier. Living in the Garden of Eden: Mineral resources and preferences for redistribution. Journal of Comparative Economics, 2015, 43 (2), pp.243-256. ⟨10.1016/j.jce.2015.01.008⟩. ⟨hal-01457324⟩
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