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Social Preferences in Inter-Group Conflict

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  • Robert Böhm

    () (Chair of Decision Analysis, School of Business and Economics, RWTH Aachen University)

  • Jürgen Fleiß

    () (Department of Corporate Leadership and Entrepreneurship, University of Graz)

  • Robert Rybnicek

    () (Department of Corporate Leadership and Entrepreneurship, University of Graz)

Abstract

Identifying who engages in inter-group conflict – and if they do so why – may help to predict and potentially prevent inter-group conflicts. Yet, little is known about the heterogeneity of individuals’ social preferences in inter-group conflict. We derive a typology and measure of group-dependent social preferences from a social preference model. We gather representative, incentivized field data before and after the heated 2016 Austrian presidential election. We find considerable heterogeneity in individuals’ social preferences. Out-group spitefulness is associated with higher age and group identity as well as lower education and in-group prosociality. Group-dependent social preferences predict voting decisions.

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  • Robert Böhm & Jürgen Fleiß & Robert Rybnicek, 2017. "Social Preferences in Inter-Group Conflict," Working Paper Series, Social and Economic Sciences 2017-06, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Karl-Franzens-University Graz.
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