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Poverty Prefers Company
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution. Malardalen University, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Social Psychology and Personality Science, ISSN 1948-5506, E-ISSN 1948-5514, Vol. 5, no 3, 319-325 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In three web-based experiments, we show that both actual poverty and experimentally induced (imagined) poverty create a preference for greater inequality. Study 1, a cross-national comparison between Americans and Swedes, showed that respondents who were actually poor and those who were experimentally induced to imagine that they were poor tended to express a heightened preference for greater inequality, and for a higher proportion of poor citizens. Study 2 replicated the effects using different procedures. Study 3 showed that imagining oneself being poor increases preferences for a greater proportion of poor people, but imagining oneself being rich does not increase preferences for a greater proportion of rich people. This poverty prefers company effect might affect support for policies aiming at reducing the number of poor people.

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2014. Vol. 5, no 3, 319-325 p.
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inequality, income, poverty, ostraphobia
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105865DOI: 10.1177/1948550613497985ISI: 000336437900008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-105865DiVA: diva2:732948
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Available from: 2014-07-07 Created: 2014-07-07 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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