How Did We Do? The Impact of Relative Performance Feedback on Intergroup Hostilities

39 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2020 Last revised: 8 Sep 2020

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Kevin Bauer

Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE

Date Written: June 1, 2020

Abstract

Using a novel experimental design, I test how the exposure to information about a group’s relative performance causally affects the members’ level of identification and thereby their propensity to harm affiliates of comparison groups. I find that both, being informed about a high and poor relative performance of the ingroup similarly fosters identification. Stronger ingroup identification creates increased hostility against the group of comparison. In cases where participants learn about poor relative performance, there appears to be a direct level effect additionally elevating hostile discrimination. My findings shed light on a specific channel through which social media may contribute to intergroup fragmentation and polarization.

Keywords: social identity, relative performance feedback, discrimination, outgroup derogation

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Kevin, How Did We Do? The Impact of Relative Performance Feedback on Intergroup Hostilities (June 1, 2020). SAFE Working Paper No. 281, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3630105 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3630105

Kevin Bauer (Contact Author)

Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE ( email )

(http://www.safe-frankfurt.de)
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3
Frankfurt am Main, 60323
Germany

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