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The political influence of peer groups: experimental evidence in the classroom

Campos, Camila, Hargreaves Heap, Shaun, Leon, Fernanda L.L. de (2017) The political influence of peer groups: experimental evidence in the classroom. Oxford Economic Papers, 69 (4). pp. 963-985. ISSN 0030-7653. (doi:10.1093/oep/gpw065) (KAR id:58161)

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Abstract

People who belong to the same group often behave alike. Is this because people with similar preferences naturally associate with each other or because group dynamics cause individual preferences and/or the information that they have to converge? We address this question with a natural experiment. We find no evidence that peer political identification affects individual identification. But we do find that peer engagement affects political identification: a more politically engaged peer group encourages individual political affiliation to move from the extremes to the centre.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/oep/gpw065
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 14:39 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58161 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Leon, Fernanda L.L. de: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0808-1151
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