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Groupy versus Non-Groupy Social Preferences: Personality, Region, and Political Party

Rachel E. Kranton and Seth G. Sanders

American Economic Review, 2017, vol. 107, issue 5, 65-69

Abstract: This paper replicates results that some people, when allocating income, are "groupy" and discriminate between in and out groups, but many show no such bias. The paper explores psychometric, demographic, and political correlates. In an M-Turk experiment, no "Big Five" personality trait relates to this individual difference. Gender, education, and political party are not predictive. Political independents, however, are more likely to be non-groupy, and participants in deindustrialized counties or Deep South Republicans are more likely to be groupy. The results indicate (i) psychological notions of personality do not capture this heterogeneity and (ii) groupiness might relate to political and social contestation.

JEL-codes: D71 D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20171096
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