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|The political influence of peer groups: experimental evidence in the classroom
|Campos, Camila de Freitas Souza
Heap, Shaun Hargreaves
Leon, Fernanda Leite Lopez de
|People who belong to the same group often behave alike. Is this because peo ple with similar preferences naturally associate with each other or because group dynamics cause individual preferences and/or the information that they have to converge? This is the question that we address with a natural experiment. We focus on the possible ináuence of peers on two types of individual political behaviour: political identiÖcation on a left-right spectrum and political engage ment. We Önd no evidence that peer political identiÖcation a§ects individual identiÖcation. But we do Önd that peer engagement a§ects individual engage ment, individual political knowledge and political identiÖcation among those who are initially least engaged. We argue this (and other evidence) is most likely to arise from peer e§ects on the information that individuals have and not their preferences.
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