Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36046
Authors: 
Corneo, Giacomo
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 4315
Abstract: 
Interpersonal relations are shaped by the judgements associated with the social categories that individuals perceive in their social contacts. I develop a model of how those judgments form based on a theory of symbolic values. The model depicts the interaction between two values, one associated with an inherited ethnic trait (nationality) and one with an endogenous achievement trait (income). Individuals who are less likely to achieve are predicted to invest more value on nationalism and to have hostile relations with immigrants. Multiple equilibria are possible and better schooling may eliminate equilibria with xenophobia. Econometric findings from three large surveys corroborate the predictions derived from the theoretical model.
Subjects: 
Nationalism
immigration
interpersonal relations
value systems
JEL: 
Z1
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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