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Poverty Prefers Company
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics. (Mathematics and Applied Mathematics)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7164-0924
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, United States .
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.
Keyword [en]
income, inequality, ostraphobia, poverty
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Social Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Other Mathematics
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Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-24892DOI: 10.1177/1948550613497985ISI: 000336437900008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84897783838OAI: diva2:715067
Swedish Research Council, 2009-2390
Available from: 2014-04-30 Created: 2014-04-25 Last updated: 2015-03-17Bibliographically approved

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