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dc.contributor.author Akerlof, GA
dc.contributor.author Kranton, RE
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-09T15:38:16Z
dc.date.issued 2000-08
dc.identifier.citation Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2000, 115 (3), pp. 715 - 753
dc.identifier.issn 0033-5533
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/1993
dc.description.abstract This paper considers how identity, a person's sense of self, affects economic outcomes. We incorporate the psychology and sociology of identity into an economic model of behavior. In the utility function we propose, identity is associated with different social categories and how people in these categories should behave. We then construct a simple game-theoretic model showing how identity can affect individual interactions. The paper adapts these models to gender discrimination in the workplace, the economics of poverty and social exclusion, and the household division of labor. In each case, the inclusion of identity substantively changes conclusions of previous economic analysis.
dc.format.extent 715 - 753
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language eng
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Quarterly Journal of Economics
dc.title Economics and identity
dc.type Journal Article
dc.department Economics
pubs.issue 3
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Sanford School of Public Policy
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Sanford School of Public Policy/Duke Population Research Institute
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences/Economics
pubs.volume 115

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