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Social status and economic performance:: A survey

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  • Weiss, Yoram
  • Fershtman, Chaim

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This survey combines ideas and results from sociology and economics, recognizing that economic decisions are often shaped by social concerns and influences. Based on the sociological literature, we define social status and describe its measurement. We then describe the role of social status in economic analysis of saving and consumption, wages and economic growth. We review recent work on status determination in equilibrium, including evolutionary models. We conclude with some remarks on the need for further interaction between sociology and economics.
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  • Weiss, Yoram & Fershtman, Chaim, 1998. "Social status and economic performance:: A survey," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 42(3-5), pages 801-820, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:42:y:1998:i:3-5:p:801-820
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    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • E20 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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