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A Longitudinal Assessment of the Impact of Democratic Outcomes on Individuals: An application to LGBTQI+ individuals in Switzerland

A Longitudinal Assessment of the Impact of Democratic Outcomes on Individuals: An application to LGBTQI+ individuals in Switzerland

Leila Eisner, University of Zurich

2nd Nov 2021

Online via Zoom

Air Pollution Affects Decision-Making: Evidence from the Ballot Box

Air Pollution Affects Decision-Making: Evidence from the Ballot Box by Ben Elsner

9th Nov online via zoom

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Abstract

Does poor air quality affect decision-making? We study this question based on elections, in which millions of people decide on the same issue on the same day in different locations. We use county-level data from 64 federal and state elections in Germany over a nineteen- year period and exploit plausibly exogenous variation in ambient air pollution within counties across election dates. Our results show that a high concentration of particulate matter (PM10) on an election day significantly affects voting behavior. An increase in the concentration of PM10 by 10!g/m3 – around two within-county standard deviations – reduces the vote share of the incumbent by 2 percentage points and increases the vote share of the established opposition by 2.8 percentage points. These are strong effects, equivalent to 4% and 7% of the respective mean vote shares. We generalize these findings by documenting similar effects with data from a weekly opinion poll and a large-scale panel survey. We provide further evidence that emotions are a likely mechanism: the survey data show that poor air quality leads to greater anxiety and unhappiness, which may reduce the support for the political status quo.

The micro-politics of Traveller housing and accommodation provision: sites of conflict, ambiguous implementation and symbolic policy-making

The micro-politics of Traveller housing and accommodation provision:  sites of conflict, ambiguous implementation and symbolic policy-making Michelle Norris, UCD, Eoin O’Sullivan, TCD and Anna Visser, Department of Children and Youth Affairs 

16th Nov online via zoom

Research Metrics - Masterclass 2

Masterclass 2 - Research Metrics

November 18th 2pm - 4 pm

Dr. Lai Mai

C001, Arts Annexe and on zoom

Covid-19 and the Irish Welfare System

Covid-19 and the Irish Welfare System Claire Keane, Karina Doorley and Dora Tuda, ESRI

23rd Nov online via zoom

The Zurich Intergroup Project: Intergroup Contact and Support for Social Change Towards Greater Equity.

The Zurich Intergroup Project: Intergroup Contact and Support for Social Change Towards Greater Equity. Tabea Hassler, Department of Social Psychology, University of Zurich

30th Nov online via zoom

Nvivo - Masterclass 3

Masterclass 3 - Nvivo

December 9th 10 am -1 pm

Prof. Sara O’Sullivan

B003/B004 Geary Seminar Room and on zoom

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