Naqvi, Nadeem (2012): Impossibility of interpersonal social identity diversification under binary preferences.
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Diverse identities, some socially shared, arise from a person’s affiliation with multiple overlapping communities, which are non-disjoint subsets of persons in society. I prove that identification of each individual with binary preferences or their utility function representation, commonplace in economic theory, implies the impossibility of social-identity diversification of persons. Therefore, if the goal is to explain injustices based on social identity distinctions such as racial discrimination, the conceptual reach of economic theory needs extension. I propose a generalization by assigning non-binary preferences to each individual player to achieve endogenous social diversification, to potentially serve as a basis for explaining discrimination.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Impossibility of interpersonal social identity diversification under binary preferences|
|Keywords:||justice; social identity; discrimination; race; gender; non-binariness; maximization|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D4 - Market Structure and Pricing > D46 - Value Theory
D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J15 - Economics of Minorities and Races; Non-labor Discrimination
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
|Depositing User:||Nadeem Naqvi|
|Date Deposited:||16. Sep 2012 00:37|
|Last Modified:||15. Feb 2013 10:55|
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