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Nationalism, cognitive ability, and interpersonal relations

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  • Giacomo Corneo

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Interpersonal relations are shaped by the judgements associated with the social categories that individuals perceive in their social contacts. I develop a model of how those judgments form based on a theory of symbolic values. The model depicts the interaction between two values, one associated with an inherited ethnic trait (nationality) and one with an endogenous achievement trait (income). Individuals with lower cognitive ability are predicted to invest more value on nationalism and to have hostile relations with immigrants. Multiple equilibria are possible and better schooling may eliminate equilibria with xenophobia. Econometric findings based on data from three large surveys corroborate the predictions derived from the theoretical model. --

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Article provided by Springer in its journal International Review of Economics.

Volume (Year): 57 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 119-141

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Handle: RePEc:spr:inrvec:v:57:y:2010:i:2:p:119-141

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Keywords: Nationalism; Xenophobia; Interpersonal relations; Value systems; Z1;

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  1. Alberto Bisin & Eleonora Patacchini & Thierry Verdier & Yves Zenou, 2010. "Bend It Like Beckham: Ethnic Identity and Integration," NBER Working Papers 16465, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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Cited by:
  1. Roy Cerqueti & Raffaella Coppier & Gustavo Piga, 2012. "Corruption, growth and ethnic fractionalization: a theoretical model," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 106(2), pages 153-181, June.
  2. repec:aia:ginidp:dp17 is not listed on IDEAS
  3. Giacomo Corneo, 2011. "GINI DP 17: Income Inequality, Value Systems and Macroeconomic Performance," GINI Discussion Papers 17, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies.

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