Kus, B., & Fan, W. (2015). Income Inequality, Credit and Public Support for Redistribution. Intereconomics, 50(4), 198-205. doi:10.1007/s10272-015-0542-2
Credit affects individuals’ perceptions and experiences of inequality. Having access to credit enables those in lower- and middle-income groups to consume an array of products and services that they otherwise would not be able to afford, thereby taking the edge off discontent. Citizens with higher incomes who tend to be less supportive of redistribution in the fi rst place may be further convinced that inequality is not a major issue and redistribution need not be a policy goal. All in all, credit may help smooth out class and status differences. This article looks at the impact of credit on citizens’ support for redistributive policies. Controlling for a set of national and individual level variables, the fi ndings show a negative association between credit use and public support for redistribution.