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Data and code for: The origins of common identity: Evidence from Alsace-Lorraine

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  • Dehdari, Sirus Håfström (Uppsala University/Stockholm University)
  • Gehring, Kai (University of Zurich (Switzerland))
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Group identity; regional identity; nation-building; federalism; repression; assimilation; war; minority; border regions; Alsace-Lorraine
  • Abstract

    We study how more negative historical exposure to the actions of nation-states – like war, occupation, and repression – affects the formation of regional identity. The quasi-exogenous division of the French regions Alsace and Lorraine allows us to implement a geographical regression discontinuity design at the municipal-level. Using measures of stated and revealed preferences, we find that more negative experiences with nation-states are associated with a stronger regional identity in the short, medium, and long run. This is linked to preferences for more regional decision-making. Establishing regional organizations seems to be a key mechanism to maintain and strengthen regional identity.
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  • France
  • Dehdari, Sirus, and Kai Gehring. “The Origins of Common Identity: Evidence from Alsace-Lorraine.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, n.d.

Update Metadata: 2020-07-11 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-07-11

Dehdari, Sirus Håfström; Gehring, Kai (2020): Data and code for: The origins of common identity: Evidence from Alsace-Lorraine. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.