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Impossibility of interpersonal social identity diversification under binary preferences

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  • Naqvi, Nadeem

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Diverse identities, some socially shared, arise from a person’s affiliation with multiple overlapping communities, which are non-disjoint subsets of persons in society. I prove that identification of each individual with binary preferences or their utility function representation, commonplace in economic theory, implies the impossibility of social-identity diversification of persons. Therefore, if the goal is to explain injustices based on social identity distinctions such as racial discrimination, the conceptual reach of economic theory needs extension. I propose a generalization by assigning non-binary preferences to each individual player to achieve endogenous social diversification, to potentially serve as a basis for explaining discrimination.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 41365.

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Date of creation: 15 Sep 2012
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Keywords: justice; social identity; discrimination; race; gender; non-binariness; maximization;

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  1. Berdellima, Arian & Naqvi, Nadeem, 2011. "Existence of a Pareto optimal social interaction outcome with non-binary preferences," MPRA Paper 28168, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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  5. Naqvi, Nadeem, 2010. "On Non-binary Personal Preferences in Society, Economic Theory and Racial Discrimination," MPRA Paper 21522, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Sen, Amartya K, 1971. "Choice Functions and Revealed Preference," Review of Economic Studies, Wiley Blackwell, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 38(115), pages 307-17, July.
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