Essays in Behavioral and Identity Economics
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CitationRodriguez-Padilla, Ricardo. 2022. Essays in Behavioral and Identity Economics. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
AbstractI leverage survey methodology and controlled decision environments to study the role of identity across a wide variety of domains of economic importance.
Chapter 1, which is co-authored with Benjamin Enke and Florian Zimmermann, contributes a novel, survey-based measurement tool for moral universalism - the extent to which people exhibit the same level of altruism and trust towards strangers as towards in-group members. We deploy this measurement tool in a representative sample of the U.S. population to link moral universalism to sociodemographic correlates and behaviors across finance, education, social networks and loneliness, and charitable giving.
In follow-up work also coauthored with Benjamin Enke and Florian Zimmermann, Chapter 2 explores the unique role of universalism in structuring the cluster of policy views in the West that has come to be synonymous with left-vs.-right-wing political ideology.
Finally, Chapter 3 provides an exploratory analysis of race-based positional preferences - how much greater or lesser “second-place aversion” is among white male subjects when the first-place peer is a minority vs. when a peer is not a minority. In an online lab experiment, we exogenously and without deception vary subjects’ placement in a ranking and the race of the peer in that ranking, measuring ensuing behaviors along the dimensions of effort provision, credit for work, and sabotage. We find strongest evidence of race-based positional preferences on effort provision, with underpowered but economically-significant findings on the dimensions of credit for work and sabotage.
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