Exploring the absolutist vs relativist perception of poverty using a cross-country questionnaire survey

Esposito, Lucio, Corazzini, Luca and Majorano, Francesca (2011) Exploring the absolutist vs relativist perception of poverty using a cross-country questionnaire survey. Journal of Economic Psychology, 32 (2). pp. 273-283.

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Abstract

Questionnaires eliciting the absolutist vs relativist perception of poverty are administered to 1941 undergraduate students in eight countries – Bolivia, Brazil, Italy, Kenya, Laos, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. We find that the perception of poverty expressed by a large fraction of respondents exhibits both absolutist and relativist concerns, with the former components prevailing over the latter. High-income countries exhibit a significantly more pronounced relativist attitude. Personal characteristics such as past experience of material hardship and relative standard of living play a germane role in shaping respondents’ views.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Literacy and Development Group
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Behavioural and Experimental Development Economics
Depositing User: Lucio Esposito
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2011 08:17
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 08:49
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/25369
DOI: 10.1016/j.joep.2009.10.007

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