Kelly Rader publishes a new paper on racial unfairness and US fiscal politics

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February 3, 2021

The perception that the U.S. government distributes money unfairly across racial lines is a major driver of public opposition to federal spending, argues a new study co-authored by Yale political scientist and CSAP Faculty Affiliate, Kelly Rader.

Using original survey data, the authors found that 66% of respondents think current federal spending is unfair — a perception that was widely expressed among Blacks, Latinos, and whites.  The study, published in the journal American Politics Research, found that people who think federal spending is unfair to their own racial group are substantially more likely than those without this view to believe that the government spends too much money.

The study was co-authored by Katherine Krimmel of Barnard College.

Read the full article by Mike Cummings: Perception of racial unfairness drives opposition to federal spending at YaleNews.