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The Social Status-Enhancing Power of Social Ties

Alessandro Bucciol (), Simona Cicognani and Luca Zarri

No 04/2017, Working Papers from University of Verona, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper shows that social variables capturing individuals’ sociability as well as strength of their social ties play an important role in affecting where individuals locate themselves in the social ladder, also when their objective location within society is taken into account. Using data from the US Health and Retirement Study (HRS) covering the period 2006-2012, we assess individuals’ social ties and sociability through the number and quality of their friendships as well as a set of variables capturing their attitude towards others (loneliness, cynical hostility, social cohesion, discrimination and reciprocity). We find subjective social status to correlate positively with reciprocity and negatively with discrimination. Next, individuals that are more satisfied with their life seem disconnected from objective elements when subjectively evaluating their social status.

Keywords: Subjective social status; Objectively measured social status; Sociability; Social ties. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I31 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-soc
Date: 2017-03
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