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Sex and Fiscal Desire


Women may want greater taxes and redistributional spending than men if malein comes exceed female incomes and men and women are not always married. Cross-section evidence from opinion polls provides indirect support for this view.Women express greater favorability toward redistributional spending than do men; the difference is explained largely but not entirely by income differences. The empirical analysis provides partialsupport for Meltzer and Richard (1981) , and suggests that increases in singleness after World WarII may have acted to increase differences by sex in desired redistributional spending.

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