The perception of economic inequality in everyday life: My friends with the most and least money


Asian Journal of Social Psychology
Otros Autores: Efraín García-Sánchez, Mar Montoya-Lozano Rosa Rodríguez-Bailón

The study of perceived economic differences in everyday life is relevant to deepening knowledge of how inequality shapes psychological processes. In the current research, Spanish undergraduates (N = 547) were asked what their friends with the most and least money could do with their resources. Using a qualitative and quantitative approach, we performed a content analysis of the 1,085 open?ended responses given, ran latent class analyses with the coded material to identify groups of participants, and explored whether class membership was associated with their awareness of inequality and support for redistribution. Participants perceived inequality among their friends through daily indicators such as consumption, opportunities, leisure, and mental health; some participants used compensatory strategies to mitigate perceived inequality. Latent class analyses suggested that participants differed mostly in the attention paid to consumption and in the use of compensatory strategies. Exploratory analyses suggested that perceiving inequality in everyday life in terms of consumption, negative attributes towards the wealthy, or positive attributes towards low socioeconomic groups was related to acknowledging economic differences among individuals and support for redistribution. The study of perceived economic inequality in everyday life continues a new line of research with the potential to obtain results more consistent with people's experiences.

Como citar: García Castro, J.D., García Sánchez, E., Montoya Lozano, M. and Rodríguez Bailón, R. (2021), The perception of economic inequality in everyday life: My friends with the most and least money. Asian J Soc Psychol.