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Social identity and redistributive preferences: a survey

Costa-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919 and Cowell, Frank (2012) Social identity and redistributive preferences: a survey. Public Economics Programme discussion papers (PEP 15). Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

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Social identity is increasingly accepted as a key concept underpin- ning the endogeneity of economic behaviour and preferences. This feature is especially important in explaining redistribution preferences as well as attitudes towards redistribution and pro-social behaviour. This paper carries out a review of the literature on the question and ex- amines how economic theory conceptualises and empirically measures social identity and its effects on preferences towards redistribution, so- cial solidarity and redistributive institutions. Findings indicate that social identity does carries a weight in explaining the presence of social preferences and attitudes towards redistributive institutions.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2012 London School of Economics and Political Science
Divisions: Economics
European Institute
Social Policy
Centre for Economic Performance
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
LSE Health
Health Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H1 - Structure and Scope of Government
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2012 10:54
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:57

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