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Does Relative Position Matter in Poor Societies? Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Rural Ethiopia


  • Akay, Alpaslan
  • Martinsson, Peter
  • Medhin, Haileselassie


We investigated attitudes toward positionality among rural farmers in northern Ethiopia, using a tailored two-part survey experiment. On average, we found positional concerns neither in income per se, nor in income from aid projects among the farmers. These results support the claim that positional concerns are correlated with absolute level of income of a country.

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  • Akay, Alpaslan & Martinsson, Peter & Medhin, Haileselassie, 2010. "Does Relative Position Matter in Poor Societies? Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Rural Ethiopia," Discussion Papers dp-10-05-efd, Resources For the Future.
  • Handle: RePEc:rff:dpaper:dp-10-05-efd

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    Ethiopia; relative income; positional concern;

    JEL classification:

    • C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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