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How Fair is Economic Inequality? Belief in a Just World and the Legitimation of Economic Disparities in 27 European Countries

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Garcia-Sanchez, Efrain [1, 2] ; Correia, Isabel [3] ; Pereira, Cicero R. [4, 5] ; Willis, Guillermo B. [1] ; Rodriguez-Bailon, Rosa [1] ; Vala, Jorge [5]
Total Authors: 6
[1] Univ Granada, Granada - Spain
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Nucleo Estudos Violencia NEV USP, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[3] CIS IUL, Inst Univ Lisboa ISCTE IUL, Lisbon - Portugal
[4] Univ Fed Paraiba, Joao Pessoa, Paraiba - Brazil
[5] Univ Lisbon, Inst Social Sci, Lisbon - Portugal
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 0

This article aims to examine the role of Belief in a Just World (BJW) in the legitimation of economic inequality. Using data from 27 European countries (N=47,086), we conducted multilevel analyses and found that BJW positively predicted the legitimation of economic inequality, measured by three indicators: the perceived fairness of the overall wealth inequality, and the fairness of the earnings made by the Top 10% and the Bottom 10% of society. These results persisted after controlling for individual- and country-level variables. Moreover, the BJW effect was stronger on the legitimation of the Bottom 10% incomes, compared to the legitimation of the Top 10%. We also found that economic inequality at the country-level reduced the BJW effect on legitimation of inequality. Finally, BJW displayed a negative indirect effect on support for redistribution, via the legitimation of economic inequalities. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 19/10046-4 - Extending the procedural justice model of institutional legitimacy: the role of social conditions and individual experiences
Grantee:Efraín García Sanchez
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 13/07923-7 - Center of the Study of Violence - NEV/USP
Grantee:Sergio França Adorno de Abreu
Support type: Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC