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University of Michigan School of Information


SBEE Seminar Series: Christopher Roth

04/14/2021, 01:00 pm - 02:15 pm

Interregional Contact and National Identity


We study the long-run effects of contact with individuals from other regions on beliefs, preferences and the formation of a shared national identity. We combine a natural experiment, the random assignment of male conscripts to different locations throughout Spain, with tailored survey data. Being randomly assigned to complete military service outside of one’s region of residence fosters contact with conscripts from other regions, and increases sympathy towards people from the region of service, measured several decades later. We also observe an increase in identification with Spain for individuals originating from regions with peripheral nationalism. Our evidence suggests that intergroup exposure in early adulthood can have long-lasting effects on individual preferences and identity formation.

Speaker Bio: 

Christopher Roth

Christopher Roth joined the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick as Assistant Professor in August 2019 after receiving a PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford and after completing a postdoc at the Institute on Behavior and Inequality. His main research interests are related to behavioral economics, political economy and macroeconomics. He is affiliated with the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick, the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), the Institute on Behavior and Inequality and CESifo.

The Social, Behavioral and Experimental Economics seminar series is a joint presentation of the School of Information, the Ross School of Business and the Department of Economics (LSA). 

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