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Project Citation: 

Bagues, Manuel, and Roth, Christopher. Data and Code for: Interregional Contact and the Formation of a Shared Identity. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2023. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2023-10-16.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary We provide the data and code for the paper titled "Interregional Contact and the Formation of a Shared Identity". In this paper we study the long-run effects of contact with individuals from other regions in early adulthood on preferences, beliefs 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 and trust towards people from the region of service, as measured decades later. We also observe a long-lasting increase in identification with Spain for individuals originating from regions with strong peripheral nationalism.
Funding Sources:  View help for Funding Sources Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) (EXC 2126/1-390838866); Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE Funding Call 2021)

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms Interregional Contact; Intergroup Exposure; Beliefs; Preference Formation; Identity; military service
JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      D71 Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
      D91 Micro-Based Behavioral Economics: Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
      R23 Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics: Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population; Neighborhood Characteristics
      Z10 Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology: General
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage Spain
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 1950 – 1991
Collection Date(s):  View help for Collection Date(s) 12/2019 – 2/2020
Universe:  View help for Universe Spanish men who participated in the lottery for compulsory military service.
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) survey data


Data Source:  View help for Data Source
We collaborated with and Dynata, two online panel providers widely used in the social sciences. These providers use opt-in panels, in which people can sign up to participate in opinion surveys in exchange for money 
Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation Individuals

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