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The Effect of Relative Income Position on Social Capital

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  • Justina A.V. Fischer

    () (SIAW-HSG, University of St. Gallen)

  • Benno Torgler

    () (Yale Center for International and Area Studies)

Abstract

This paper examines the influence of relative income position on individuals' attitudes by analyzing ISSP 1998 microdata from 25 countries along four different dimensions. Our results provide evidence for a sizeable relative income effect while also suggesting that absolute income level may be relevant. Changing the income reference group from regional to national does not significantly alter the results.

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  • Justina A.V. Fischer & Benno Torgler, 2006. "The Effect of Relative Income Position on Social Capital," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 26(4), pages 1-20.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-05z10014
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    1. Justina A.V. Fischer & Benno Torgler, 2013. "Do Positional Concerns Destroy Social Capital: Evidence From 26 Countries," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 51(2), pages 1542-1565, April.
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    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
    • D0 - Microeconomics - - General

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