Linda Dezső

Danube University Krems

Project Name Unpacking Welfare Chauvinism
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Field of research Behavioral Economics
Keywords immigration | redistribution | fairness | self-serving beliefs | welfare chauvinism | fairness norms

Linda Dezso’s research interests are at the intersection of psychology and economics. She received her PhD in applied psychology from the University of Vienna in 2017. Her research has investigated how past outcomes shape people’s distributive preferences. In particular, how past misfortunes (real or perceived) contribute to forming and adhering to subjective entitlements, which then cause various forms of costly inefficiencies, bargaining impasse, and discord between parties. She mostly uses lab and survey experiments or lab-in-the-field studies in her research. In recent years, she has been examining what shapes natives’ attitudes towards immigrants, in particular, how natives’ self-serving views about immigrants’ social rights shape these attitudes and contribute to anti-immigrant sentiments. Linda has received various scholarships and grants, such as the Fulbright Scholarship, the Back to Research grant, the Hertha Firnberg Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Marie Jahoda Postdoctoral Fellowship. Currently, she is a recipient of an Elise Richter Fellowship. Her research has been published in the Journal of Economic Psychology, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Theory, and Decision, among others.