Social Identity and Redistributive Preferences: A Survey
33 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2013
Date Written: October 31, 2013
Social identity has become accepted as a key concept underpinning the endogeneity of economic behaviour and preferences. It is important in explaining attitudes towards redistribution and pro-social behaviour. We examine how economic theory measures social identity and its effects on preferences towards redistribution, social solidarity and redistributive institutions. Empirical evidence indicates that social identity carries weight in explaining the presence of social preferences and attitudes towards redistributive institutions.
Keywords: social identity, preferences for redistribution, inequality, diversity, redistributive institutions
JEL Classification: H100, I300
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