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Choosing Who You Are: The Structure and Behavioral Effects of Revealed Identification Preferences

Florian Hett, Markus Kröll and Mario Mechtel ()

Annual Conference 2017 (Vienna): Alternative Structures for Money and Banking from Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association

Abstract: Social identity is an important driver of behavior. But where do difierences in social identity come from? We use a novel laboratory experiment based on a revealed preference approach to analyze how individuals choose their identity. Facing a trade-off between monetary payments and belonging to difierent groups, individuals are willing to forego significant earnings to avoid certain groups and thereby reveal their identification preferences. We then show that these identification preferences are systematically related to behavioral heterogeneity in group-specific social preferences. These results illustrate the importance of identification as a choice and its relevance for explaining individual behavior.

Keywords: Social Identity; Identification; Social Preferences; Outgroup Discrimination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 C92 D03 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-evo, nep-exp and nep-upt
Date: 2017
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