Corporate Insecthood

The claim that “corporations are people” sometimes draws ridicule. A new paper suggests a related, maybe more accurate claim:

Corporate Insecthood,” Nina Strohminger and Matthew R. Jordan, PsyArXiv. February 14. The authors, at the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University, explain:

“Whether the corporation should be considered a person is a matter of active academic and public debate. Here, we examine whether, and in what ways, ordinary citizens conceptualize the corporation as a person. We present evidence that corporations are anthropomorphized, but only to a certain degree. Compared with other entities, the average corporation is considered about as similar to a person as an ant.”

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