Poverty Prefers Company
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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 5, no 3, 319-325 p.
income, inequality, ostraphobia, poverty
Social Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Other Mathematics
Research subject Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-24892DOI: 10.1177/1948550613497985ISI: 000336437900008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84897783838OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-24892DiVA: diva2:715067
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2009-2390