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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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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: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 14:39 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:38 UTC
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