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Tuesday, December 6 • 8:40am - 9:00am
A Case Study Of Perceptions Of US Income Inequality

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The goal of this project was to elicit subjects’ perceptions regarding income inequality and evaluate what factors may influence the subjects’ perception. In order to elicit this relationship, the subjects are asked to complete a demographic survey, then asked to distribute 100 pennies, either physically into a graph or numerically into a table. The subjects’ penny data is used to construct a Lorenz curve and calculate a Gini coefficient. The Gini coefficient will be compared to the actual coefficient for the United States and the deviation between the elicited and the actual Gini coefficient calculated. Finally, this deviation and the demographic data will be analyzed using multivariable regression to determine if patterns exist between demographic characteristics and perceptions of income inequality.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 8:40am - 9:00am
035 Karpen Hall