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Explaining and measuring tolerant behavior

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  • Caterina Liberati

    () (Department of Economics, Management, and Statistics, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy)

  • Riccarda Longaretti

    () (Department of Economics, Management, and Statistics, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy)

  • Alessandra Michelangeli

    () (Department of Economics, Management, and Statistics, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy; Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis)

Abstract

In recent studies, there has been a growing interest towards tolerance and its implications in the socio-economic system. This paper aims to contribute to this flourishing research area into two directions. First, we develop a theoretical framework to explain individual’s tolerant attitudes without necessarily resorting to altruistic preferences. Second, this paper addresses the issue of measuring tolerance when information about several dimensions of tolerance is available and data are of Likert's scale type. To show how our new measure of tolerance works in practice, we carry out a case study using an Italian recent survey asking the opinion of university students about different subjects, such as interreligious dialogue, women/religion relationship, religion/death relationship, multicultural society, and homosexuality. We, finally, highlight the key policy implications arising from our study.

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  • Caterina Liberati & Riccarda Longaretti & Alessandra Michelangeli, 2019. "Explaining and measuring tolerant behavior," Working Paper series 19-04, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
  • Handle: RePEc:rim:rimwps:19-04
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    Keywords

    Economic behavior; social interactions; methodology;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation

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