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Das Video erschien ursprünglich auf YouTube unter anonymer Autorenschaft. Es veranschaulicht die Einkommens- und Vermögensunterschiede in den USA und wurde über 20 Millionen mal aufgerufen. 

Das Video beruht auf der Analyse «Building a Better America – One Wealth Quintile at a Time» von Michael I. Norton and Dan Ariely. Diese Studie steht mit untenstehendem Link bereit zum Download.

Wealth Inequality in America

Building a Better America - One Wealth Quintile at a Time

by Michael I. Norton and Dan Ariely

Disagreements about the optimal level of wealth inequality underlie policy debates ranging from taxation to welfare. We attempt to insert the desires of ‘‘regular’’ Americans into these debates, by asking a nationally representative online panel to estimate the current distribution of wealth in the United States and to ‘‘build a better America’’ by constructing distributions with their ideal level of inequality.

  • First, respondents dramatically underestimated the current level of wealth inequality.
  • Second, respondents constructed ideal wealth distributions that were far more equitable than even their erroneously low estimates of the actual distribution.
  • Most important from a policy perspective, we observed a surprising level of consensus: All demographic groups—even those not usually associated with wealth redistribution such as Republicans and the wealthy—desired a more equal distribution of wealth than the status quo.