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Leader Identity and Coordination

Bhalotra, Sonia, Clots-Figueras, Irma, Iyer, Lakshmi, Vecci, Joseph (2021) Leader Identity and Coordination. Review of Economics and Statistics, . ISSN 0034-6535. E-ISSN 1530-9142. (doi:10.1162/rest_a_01040) (KAR id:85945)


This paper examines policy effectiveness as a function of leader identity. We experimentally vary leader religious identity in a coordination game implemented in India, andfocus upon citizen reactions to leader identity, controlling for leader actions. We find that minorityleaders improve coordination, while majority leaders do not. Alternative treatment arms reveal that affirmative action for minorities reverses this result, while intergroup contact improves the effectiveness of leaders of both identities. We also find that minority leaders are less effective in towns with a history of intergroup conflict. Our results demonstrate that leader and policy effectiveness depend upon citizen reactions, conditioned by social identity and past conflict.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1162/rest_a_01040
Uncontrolled keywords: Leader identity, in-group bias, religion, coordination failure, affirmative action, intergroup contact, conflict, India
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Susan Grimer
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2021 17:39 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 19:09 UTC
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Clots-Figueras, Irma.

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