Nearly a month ago, friend-of-the-site and renowned behavioral economics researcher Dan Ariely invited our readers to take part in one of his experiments. Readers were asked to fill out a survey that asked questions about a hypothetical country and the manner in which they would prefer to see wealth distributed within it.
Nearly one thousand of you completed the survey and the ensuing discussion on the site was animated, to say the least. Many railed against the injustice of confiscatory tax codes and the lack of social mobility proposed within the study.
Well, the results are in, and Dan explains below what he was testing for, how the survey was structured (Surprise! Many of you saw different versions than your peers), and the conclusions you helped his team reach regarding people’s perception of wealth inequality. Suffice it to say, you’re an admirably fair-minded bunch. Here are the results:
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