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Article: Income inequality is associated with stronger social comparison effects: The effect of relative income on life satisfaction

TitleIncome inequality is associated with stronger social comparison effects: The effect of relative income on life satisfaction
Authors
KeywordsSocial comparison
Life satisfaction
Income inequality
Issue Date2016
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.apa.org/journals/psp.html
Citation
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2016, v. 110 n. 2, p. 332-341 How to Cite?
AbstractPrevious research has shown that having rich neighbors is associated with reduced levels of subjective well-being, an effect that is likely due to social comparison. The current study examined the role of income inequality as a moderator of this relative income effect. Multilevel analyses were conducted on a sample of more than 1.7 million people from 2,425 counties in the United States. Results showed that higher income inequality was associated with stronger relative income effects. In other words, people were more strongly influenced by the income of their neighbors when income inequality was high.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/215603
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2015 Impact Factor: 4.736
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 5.040

 

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dc.contributor.authorCheung, CKF-
dc.contributor.authorLucas, REL-
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-21T13:32:16Z-
dc.date.available2015-08-21T13:32:16Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2016, v. 110 n. 2, p. 332-341-
dc.identifier.issn0022-3514-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/215603-
dc.description.abstractPrevious research has shown that having rich neighbors is associated with reduced levels of subjective well-being, an effect that is likely due to social comparison. The current study examined the role of income inequality as a moderator of this relative income effect. Multilevel analyses were conducted on a sample of more than 1.7 million people from 2,425 counties in the United States. Results showed that higher income inequality was associated with stronger relative income effects. In other words, people were more strongly influenced by the income of their neighbors when income inequality was high.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherAmerican Psychological Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.apa.org/journals/psp.html-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Personality and Social Psychology-
dc.rightsJournal of Personality and Social Psychology. Copyright © American Psychological Association.-
dc.rightsThis article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subjectSocial comparison-
dc.subjectLife satisfaction-
dc.subjectIncome inequality-
dc.titleIncome inequality is associated with stronger social comparison effects: The effect of relative income on life satisfaction-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailCheung, CKF: felixckc@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityCheung, CKF=rp02275-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1037/pspp0000059-
dc.identifier.pmid26191957-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84955370859-
dc.identifier.hkuros247937-
dc.identifier.volume110-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage332-
dc.identifier.epage341-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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