Economic Comparison and Group Identity: Lessons from India

Preprint OPEN
Xavier Fontaine; Katsunori Yamada;
(2012)
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Subject: [ SHS.ECO ] Humanities and Social Sciences/Economies and finances | Relative Income | Panel Data | Identity | Caste | Subjective Well-being | discrimination | Subjective Well-being,Relative Income,Identity,Caste,India,discrimination,Panel Data | India | JEL : D - Microeconomics/D.D6 - Welfare Economics/D.D6.D64 - Altruism • Philanthropy | JEL : J - Labor and Demographic Economics/J.J1 - Demographic Economics/J.J1.J15 - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants • Non-labor Discrimination

The caste issue dominates a large part of India's social and political life. Caste shapes one's identity. Furthermore, strong tensions exist between castes. Using subjective well-being data, we assess the role economic comparisons play in this society. We focus on both ... View more
  • References (25)
    25 references, page 1 of 3

    Akay, A., O. Bargain, and K. F. Zimmermann (2012). Relative concerns of ruralto-urban migrants in china. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

    Banerjee, A., M. Bertrand, S. Datta, and S. Mullainathan (2009, March). Labor market discrimination in delhi: Evidence from a field experiment. Journal of Comparative Economics 37 (1), 14-27.

    Banerjee, B. and J. B. Knight (1985, April). Caste discrimination in the indian urban labour market. Journal of Development Economics 17 (3), 277-307.

    Bayly, S. (2001). Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age. The New Cambridge History of India. Cambridge University Press.

    Bloch, F., V. Rao, and S. Desai (2004). Wedding celebrations as conspicuous consumption: Signaling social status in rural india. Journal of Human Resources 39 (3).

    Card, D., A. Mas, E. Moretti, and E. Saez (2010, September). Inequality at work: The effect of peer salaries on job satisfaction. NBER Working Papers 16396, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

    Carlsson, F., G. Gupta, and O. Johansson-Stenman (2009, January). Keeping up with the vaishyas? caste and relative standing in india. Oxford Economic Papers 61 (1), 52-73.

    Cassan, G. (2011). Caste identity manipulation and land ownership in colonial punjab. Working Paper .

    Clark, A. E., P. Frijters, and M. A. Shields (2008, March). Relative income, happiness, and utility: An explanation for the easterlin paradox and other puzzles. Journal of Economic Literature 46 (1), 95-144.

    Clark, A. E., N. Kristensen, and N. Westergård-Nielsen (2009, 04-05). Economic satisfaction and income rank in small neighbourhoods. Journal of the European Economic Association 7 (2-3), 519-527.

  • Metrics