Economic Comparison and Group Identity: Lessons from India

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Xavier Fontaine; Katsunori Yamada;
  • 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
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