Identity economics: social influence and skill development

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Within the economic literature, studies in identity economics, peer effects, and skill development have all suggested that social influences have an important role in determining choices. In this review, I draw on lessons learned from the identity economics literature to examine implications from the peer effects and skill development literature. I focus on the role of social identity in generating social group effects from peers and what role identity may have in shaping the development of skills from broader environments, parents and peers during childhood and adolescence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1389-1408
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Economic Surveys
Issue number5
Early online date10 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2019


  • identity economics
  • skill development
  • peer effects
  • parental skill investments


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