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Perceptions of Inequality

How does information that we see and hear influence our understanding of economic inequalities as well as our views on policies? Can people’s perceptions and views explain cross-country divergences in inequality levels and policies alike? Ideally, policy should be based on facts and reflect citizens’ preferences. But to what degree is that truly the case?

Following the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s dedication to understand the underlying mechanics of economic and social inequality, the Global Economic Dynamics (GED) project is currently conducting a cross-country survey in order to shed more light on these crucial questions.

Carried out as an online survey in Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, our study explores citizens’ perception of economic disparities and policy preferences. As a first of its kind, we have designed this study in the hope to provide non-partisan, rigorous and unique insights to policy makers, researchers, and citizens willing to make a change.

In designing and conducting this survey, the Bertelsmann Stiftung teamed up with the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI). Given our continuous exigency for scientific soundness and through-provoking analyses, we see the Institute’s academic and practical expertise as essential to the project’s success.

The implementation of the online questionnaire as well as the field data collection in each country is overseen by YouGov, a UK based polling agency specialized in online Surveys.

The results will be published in fall of this year.


For more information, please contact:
Quentin Dumont


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