A Model of Social Identity with an Application to Political Economy: Nation, Class, and Redistribution

  title={A Model of Social Identity with an Application to Political Economy: Nation, Class, and Redistribution},
  author={Moses Shayo},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={147 - 174}
  • Moses Shayo
  • Published 1 May 2009
  • Sociology, Economics
  • American Political Science Review
This article develops a model for analyzing social identity and applies it to the political economy of income redistribution, focusing on class and national identities. The model attempts to distill major findings in social psychology into a parsimonious statement of what it means to identify with a group and what factors determine the groups with whom people identify. It then proposes an equilibrium concept where both identities and behavior are endogenously determined. Applying this model to… 
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