Impact of Automation and Globalization on Extreme Political Preferences

Pinar Yildirim, Marketing, The Wharton School; Maria Petrova, Universitat Pompeu Fabra; and Gregor Schubert, Harvard Business School

Abstract: In this proposal, we argue that support of populism can be explained by the interaction between individual economic and social experiences and aggregate economic shocks. We test empirically if personal experiences, information environment, and their interaction with aggregate economic shocks shape people’s political decisions. The project can also shed light on policies that can convince people to stop supporting populist and extreme policies.

Michelle Eckert is Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Mack Institute, where she works to engage students, researchers, and corporate partners in opportunities for collaboration. Michelle received her B.A. in Art from Valparaiso University in 2007. Her background includes two AmeriCorps terms of service working to teach mathematics, computer literacy, and job readiness skills to out-of-school youth in Philadelphia, focusing particularly on promoting access to post-secondary education.