HUMAN CAPITAL AND IDENTITY

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Religious and ethnic identities shape individual and social and economic life. They also play a fundamental role in most violent inter-group conflicts, especially in developing countries. This makes it essential to understand how economic factors influence the strength of group identity, which may give rise to systematic in-group favouritism and out-group hostility.

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BACKGROUND

This project is integrating an innovative, experimentally validated survey module, designed to measure pro-social and antisocial behaviours as well as un-group vs. out-group biases into an established, long term and large scale panel data in Kenya (Kenya Life Panel Survey - KLP) and what the impactsare for investment in health, skills and finaicial capital.

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THE STRATEGY

This project will extend a longitudinal (panel) dataset of individuals in Kenya who were participants in one or more randomized health, skills training, and financial capital interventions during childhood and adolescence.It isadding a new innovative survey module in order to measure various dimensions of individual identity and interview at least 6,500 adult respondents. A key aspect of this project is to evaluate thelong-term impacts of three different policy-relevant interventions in a low-income country.

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TIMELINE

September 2018-December 2019

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RESEARCH TEAM

Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley and CEGA)

Michal Bauer (CERGE-EI)

Julie Chytilova (Charles University)

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