25. Oktober 2019

DIW Applied Micro Seminar

Salience of Inherited Wealth and the Support for Inheritance Taxation

Termin

25. Oktober 2019
13.15 - 14.30

Ort

Anna J. Schwartz Room
Room 5.2.010
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin

SprecherInnen

Daniel Waldenström, Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm

Einladender

Felix Weinhardt/Holger Lüthen

Abstract: We study how attitudes to inheritance taxation are influenced by information about the role of inherited wealth in society. Using a randomized experiment in a register-linked Swedish survey, we find that informing individuals about the large aggregate importance of inherited wealth and its link to inequality of opportunity significantly increases the support for inheritance taxation. The effect is almost uniform across socio-economic groups and survives a battery of robustness tests. Changes in the perceived economic importance of inherited wealth and altered views on whether luck matters most for economic success appear to be driving factors behind the treatment effect. Our findings suggest that the low salience of inherited wealth could be one explanation behind the relatively marginalized role of inheritance taxation in developed economies.

Joint with Spencer Bastani (Linnaeus University)

Speaker

Daniel Waldenström, Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm