Does Identity Affect Labor Supply?

Caste Identity Drives Job Choice Preferences in Rural India

This study examines how identity, specifically caste identity, affects job choices in rural India. In a field experiment, workers are less likely to accept job offers associated with castes other than their own, especially if those castes are lower in the social hierarchy. Workers are willing to give up substantial pay to align their job choices with their caste identity, even in private decisions.

Oh, Suanna. 2023. “Does Identity Affect Labor Supply?” American Economic Review, 113 (8): 2055-83.

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