Is more always better?: A survey on positional concerns

  title={Is more always better?: A survey on positional concerns},
  author={Sara J. Solnick and David Hemenway},
  journal={Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization},
Abstract We use survey data to provide some empirical information about concerns regarding relative standing. Respondents chose between a world where they have more of a good than others and one where everyone's endowment of the good is higher, but the respondent has less than others. Questions asked about education, attractiveness and intelligence for one's child and oneself, income, vacation time, approval and disapproval from a supervisor, and papers to write. Half of the respondents… Expand

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