American Economic Journal: Economic Policy
no. 3, August 2023
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 toward 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.
Bagues, Manuel, and Christopher Roth.
"Interregional Contact and the Formation of a Shared Identity."
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy,
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