Social Position and Fairness Views

93 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2021

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Kristoffer Balle Hvidberg

University of Copenhagen

Claus Kreiner

University of Copenhagen

Stefanie Stantcheva

Harvard University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: 2021

Abstract

We link survey data containing Danish people’s perceptions of where they rank in various reference groups and fairness views with administrative records on their income history, life events, and reference groups. People know their income positions well, but believe others are closer to themselves than they really are. The perceived fairness of inequalities is strongly related to current social position, moves with shocks to social position (e.g., unemployment or promotions), and changes when people are experimentally shown their actual positions. People view inequalities within education group and co-workers as most unfair, but underestimate inequality the most exactly within these reference groups.

JEL Classification: D310, C810

Suggested Citation

Hvidberg, Kristoffer Balle and Kreiner, Claus and Stantcheva, Stefanie, Social Position and Fairness Views (2021). CESifo Working Paper No. 8928, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3804532

Kristoffer Balle Hvidberg (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen ( email )

Nørregade 10
Copenhagen, København DK-1165
Denmark

Claus Kreiner

University of Copenhagen

Nørregade 10
Copenhagen, DK-1165
Denmark

Stefanie Stantcheva

Harvard University - Department of Economics ( email )

Littauer Center
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

HOME PAGE: http://scholar.harvard.edu/stantcheva/home

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