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Title: Changing classes, changing preferences: how social class mobility affects economic preferences
Author: Ares, Macarena
Keywords: Classes socials
Mobilitat social
Preferències duaneres
Opinió pública
Anàlisi de dades de panel
Social classes
Social mobility
Tariff preferences
Public opinion
Panel analysis
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Abstract: While many studies have identified an association between social class and economic preferences, we know little about the implications of changes in class location for these preferences. This article assesses how social class and intra-generational class mobility affect economic preferences drawing on longitudinal data from the British Household Panel Survey. In doing so, the article adopts a post-industrial perspective that considers horizontal and vertical class divisions. Even when time-invariant characteristics of individuals are kept constant (through fixed-effects estimation), it is found that both vertical and horizontal class location explain economic preferences. Thus, these estimations suggest that social class moulds preferences, even when accounting for factors that can lead to selection into classes. Moreover, people who change classes hold different economic preferences than their peers in the class of origin, but do not completely assimilate into their class of destination. This implies that growing intra-generational class mobility could undermine the class basis of political conflict.
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It is part of: West European Politics, 2020, vol. 43, num. 6, p. 1211-1237
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ISSN: 0140-2382
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Ciència Política, Dret Constitucional i Filosofia del Dret)

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