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Religions 2019, 10(2), 72; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020072

Should Governments Tax the Rich and Subsidize the Poor? A Comparative Study of Muslim and Christian Respondents

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Broadwell College of Business and Economics, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC 28301, USA
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Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Public Finance, Inonu University, Malatya 44280, Turkey
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Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Econometrics, Inonu University, Malatya 44280, Turkey
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Received: 18 December 2018 / Revised: 9 January 2019 / Accepted: 22 January 2019 / Published: 23 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Politics: New Developments Worldwide)
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This study used the most recent World Values Survey (WVS) dataset to determine whether Christian and Muslim views on the acceptability of taxing the rich and subsidizing the poor was an essential feature of democracy. The sample size included more than 23,000 individuals from more than 50 countries. More than a dozen socioeconomic and attitudinal variables were also examined to determine whether significant differences existed. The study found that differences in viewpoint were often significant. View Full-Text
Keywords: religion; religiosity; ethics; redistribution; property rights; economic inequality; government; subsidy; tax; public finance religion; religiosity; ethics; redistribution; property rights; economic inequality; government; subsidy; tax; public finance
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McGee, R.W.; Benk, S.; Yüzbaşı, B. Should Governments Tax the Rich and Subsidize the Poor? A Comparative Study of Muslim and Christian Respondents. Religions 2019, 10, 72.

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