Fehr/SOEP analysis... followup

Your Place in the World: Relative Income and Global Inequality

See discussion in:

NBER Working Paper (2019/2021), Dietmar Fehr, Johanna Mollerstrom, and Ricardo Perez-Truglia

  • Attitudes towards global redistribution

  • "De-biasing" intervention (how rich participants are relative to Germans, how rich Germany is globally)

Tied to

German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP), a representative longitudinal study of German households. The SOEP contains an innovation sample (SOEP-IS) allowing researchers to implement tailor-made survey experiments.

a two-year, face-to-face survey experiment on a representative sample of Germans. We measure how individuals form perceptions of their ranks in the national and global income distributions, and how those perceptions relate to their national and global policy preferences. [Their main result]: We find that Germans systematically underestimate their true place in the worldโ€™s income distribution, but that correcting those misperceptions does not affect their support for policies related to global inequality.

Why might this be relevant to our profiling:

They ask about support for global redistribution, international aid institutions, globalization, immigration, and more, and have an incentivized giving choice. These are (arguably) measures of support for some EA behaviors/attitudes.

I suspect that this data could be tied to a variety of rich (personality? demographic?) measures in the SOEP. A predictive model for actual EA/Effective giving targeting in other related contexts? If so, let's focus on things we are likely to observe in those other contexts (or at least likely to have proxies for). If there are any 'leaks' (not sure I'm using the term correctly)... missing a single feature could ruin the predictive power of the whole model.

  • Causal interpretations (very challenging)?

    • Here 'nearly immutable characteristics' (like ethnicity, age, parental background, maybe some deep psych traits) might be a bit more convincing

  • *Descriptive* (whatever we mean by that)

See Followup with Thomas Ptashnik in next section

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