Interregional Contact and National Identity

87 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2020

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Manuel Bagues

Aalto University - Department of Economics

Chrisotpher Roth

University of Warwick

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Date Written: December 2020

Abstract

We study the long-run effects of contact with individuals from other regions on beliefs, preferences and national identity. We combine a natural experiment, the random assignment of male conscripts to different locations throughout Spain, with tailored survey data. Being randomly assigned to complete military service outside of one's region of residence fosters contact with conscripts from other regions, and increases sympathy towards people from the region of service, measured several decades later. We also observe an increase in identification with Spain for individuals originating from regions with peripheral nationalism. Our evidence suggests that intergroup exposure in early adulthood can have long-lasting effects on individual preferences and national identity.

JEL Classification: D91, R23, Z1

Suggested Citation

Bagues, Manuel F. and Roth, Chrisotpher, Interregional Contact and National Identity (December 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15576, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3753981

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Chrisotpher Roth

University of Warwick

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