Social Identity and Redistributive Preferences: A Survey

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Joan Costa-Font

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Frank Cowell

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)

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Date Written: April 2015

Abstract

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‚Äźsocial 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: Diversity, Inequality, Preferences for redistribution, Redistributive institutions, Social identity

Suggested Citation

Costa-Font, Joan and Cowell, Frank A., Social Identity and Redistributive Preferences: A Survey (April 2015). Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 29, Issue 2, pp. 357-374, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2581260 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joes.12061

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Frank A. Cowell

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) ( email )

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