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Intergroup contact and nation building: evidence from military service in Spain

Ignacio González, Gabriel Facchini, Antoni-Italo De Moragas and Julio Caceres Delpiano
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Julio Fernando Cáceres-Delpiano

UC3M Working papers. Economics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía

Abstract: We study the long-term effects of intergroup contact on nation building by exploiting a national lottery that randomly allocated conscripts to different military areas across Spain. For men born in regions featuring a strong regional identity, we find that being assigned to military service in a region different from one's region of birth substantially increases self-identification as Spanish and reduces the likelihood of voting for a regionalist party. Moreover, in support of intergroup contact as the main mechanism behind these results, we find that movers are more likely to have friends from another region than nonmovers

Keywords: Military; Service; Intergroup; Contact; Nation; Building (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D02 D71 J15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-11-30
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