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The Polarization of Reality

Alberto Alesina, Armando Miano and Stefanie Stantcheva

AEA Papers and Proceedings, 2020, vol. 110, 324-28

Abstract: Americans are polarized not only in their views on policy issues and attitudes toward government and society but also in their perceptions of the same factual reality. We conceptualize how to think about the "polarization of reality" and review recent papers that show that Republicans and Democrats view the same reality through a different lens. Perhaps as a result, they hold different views about policies and what should be done to address economic and social issues. We also show that providing information leads to different reassessments of reality and different responses along the policy support margin, depending on one's political leaning.

JEL-codes: D72 D83 Z13 D72 D83 Z13 D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
Note: DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20201072
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