The CSDC Speaker Series Presents:
“The Economic Consequences of Partisanship in a Polarized Era”
Professor Neil Malhotra (Stanford University)
You can learn more about Professor Malhotra by clicking here.
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 2:00pm
Boardroom 404, Thomson House, McGill University
3650 McTavish Street, Montreal H3A 1Y2
All are Welcome. Free admission.
The talk will be followed by a reception.
The talk will be streamed at https://connect.mcgill.ca/r7fmip91a3e/
Partisanship is increasingly seen as an impediment to cooperation in political settings in the United States given high levels of political polarization. But does partisanship also affect behavior in non-political settings? A field experiment in an online labor market indicates that workers exhibit systematically lower reservation wages when the employer shares their political stance, reflecting a preference to work for co-partisans. A second experiment administered on a large, national classified ads platform over the course of one-and-a-half years shows that consumers, primarily in response to Republican sellers, are more likely to shun (seek) profitable market transactions with sellers affiliated with the opposing (same) party. Via a population-based survey experiment, we find that the influence of political considerations on economic choices is not confined to ardent partisans; rather, it extends throughout the electorate. These negative externalities in the economic domain suggest that partisanship shapes cooperation in everyday behavior.
The talk will be in English.