Presentación del paper: “Collective Action in Networks: Evidence from the Chilean Student Movement”

El Departamento de Economía de la Facultad de Economía y Empresa de la Universidad Diego Portales,  realizará la presentación del paper: “Collective Action in Networks: Evidence from the Chilean Student Movement”,  el cual contará con la exposición del académico de la  Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Felipe González.

Fecha: Miércoles 06 de septiembre de 2017
Hora: 13:00 horas a 14:00 horas.
Lugar: Avda. Santa Clara N° 797, Campus Ciudad Empresarial, Sala C-302 – Edificio Cubo
This paper studies the 2011 student movement in Chile, the largest protest mobilization in the country’s history, in which hundreds of thousands of students skipped school to protest with the goal of reforming the educational system. Using administrative data on millions of students’ daily school attendance decisions on protest and non-protest days, a large network composed by the lifetime history of classmates, and differential network exposure to the first national protest, I employ an instrumental variables approach to test how networks affect protest behavior. The main finding is that individual participation follows a threshold model of collective behavior: students were influenced by their networks to skip school on protest days only when more than 40 percent of the members of their networks also skipped school. Additional findings show that protest participation imposed significant educational costs on students and helped to shift votes towards non-traditional opposition parties. Taken together, results indicate that networks amplify the effect of protests in non-linear ways with potentially significant consequences for institutional change.

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