The naïve psychology of welfare

How childhood acquisition of fairness and redistribution values affects welfare variations across countries

This essay was written for my Comparative Political Economy class at UCL’s International Public Policy masters degree (MSc). The course, which was taught by Dr. Jan-Emmanuel De Neve,  focused on explaining the interactions between politics and economics in advanced democracies. We paid particular attention to variations in welfare, inequality, and redistribution based on institutions, cultural variations, and political cleavages. In this essay, I look at how childhood experiences form an adult’s opinions on redistribution, and how cross-cultural differences in early childhood education account for variations in welfare across countries.



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