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Moving on up: The impact of income mobility on antisocial behaviour

Lata Gangadharan, Philip Grossman () and Joe Vecci

No 13-18, Monash Economics Working Papers from Monash University, Department of Economics

Abstract: While the causes for upward income mobility have received considerable attention, the behavioural impact of the prospect of mobility has been largely overlooked. Using a survey and experiment, we investigate if the prospect of mobility influences antisocial behaviour. In our experiment, low- and high-income participants make decisions in an investment game in which, at a cost, they can reduce others’ payoff. A unique feature of the experiment is that lowincome participants can move up the income distribution, via chance or effort. Results show that immobility fuels antisocial behaviour, in particular towards high-income participants

Keywords: Income inequality; Prospect of upward mobility; Antisocial behaviour; Experiment; Survey. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 52 pages
Date: 2019-06
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