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.
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.
This series is sponsored by the Inter-university Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (https://csdc-cecd.ca/) which is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).