Does Positional Concern Matter in Poor Societies? Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Rural Ethiopia

20 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2009

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Alpaslan Akay

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Peter Martinsson

University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics and Statistics

Haileselassie Medhin

University of Gothenburg - School of Global Studies

Abstract

We investigated attitudes toward positionality among rural farmers in Northern Ethiopia, using a tailored survey experiment. On average, we found positional concerns neither in income per se nor in income from aid projects among the farmers. These results support the claim that positional concerns are positively correlated with absolute level of income of a country.

Keywords: Ethiopia, positional concern, relative income

JEL Classification: C90, D63

Suggested Citation

Akay, Alpaslan and Martinsson, Peter and Medhin, Haileselassie, Does Positional Concern Matter in Poor Societies? Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Rural Ethiopia. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4354, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1455516

Alpaslan Akay

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Peter Martinsson (Contact Author)

University of Gothenburg - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

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Haileselassie Medhin

University of Gothenburg - School of Global Studies ( email )

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Gothenburg, SE 40530
Sweden

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