Ethnicity and Religion as Sources of Political Division

This study evaluates competing perspectives suggesting that either ethnicity or religion is more divisive. Using experimental dictator games conducted in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana, the results suggest that neither identity type is inherently more divisive, but rather that identity divisions are a function of the political context. Working paper; please email for details.

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The Political Sources of Religious Identification

In this paper coauthored with Dan Posner, we explore how the salience of religion changes as a function of the political context. We show that those exposed to political efforts to political mobilization in Cote d'Ivoire are significantly more likely to self-identify in religious terms than their counterparts just across a political border in Burkina Faso. Paper published in BJPS and available here.