Socio-economic inequality and altruism

Keywords: inequality, altruism, charity, views of income inequality.


The article addresses the attitudes to inequality in the Russian society depending on the role of the individual in a reference group. It is shown that people are ready to accept significant income inequality if they believe that the income is well earned. No correlation was found between subjective well-being and inequality. The vast majority of people compare themselves with friends, neighbours and relatives. The next most important reference group is colleagues, followed by celebrities. The rejection of representatives of lower social classes is negatively correlated with life satisfaction. At the same time, the respondents expressed willingness to build a society where, having due means, people would organise help to those who cannot provide for themselves.


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Author Biographies

Ilkhom Davydov, Russian State Social University in Osh, Kyrgyz Republic.

PhD in Economics, Branch of the Russian State Social University in Osh, Kyrgyz Republic.

Anastasia Nikolskaya, Kosygin Russian State University, Russia, Russia.

PhD in Psychology, Kosygin Russian State University, Russia.

Galina Podbiralina, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia.

PhD in Economics, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia.

Nikolay Mrochkovsky, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia.

PhD in Economics, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia.

Oksana Chuvilova, North-Caucasus Federal University, Russia.

PhD in Economics, North-Caucasus Federal University, Russia.


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How to Cite
Davydov, I., Nikolskaya, A., Podbiralina, G., Mrochkovsky, N., & Chuvilova, O. (2022). Socio-economic inequality and altruism. Amazonia Investiga, 11(55), 306-317.
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