A new GLO Discussion Paper finds that inter-personal communication may help to mitigate high intensity conflicts when the identities are common knowledge among rivals.
GLO Discussion Paper No. 1255, 2023
Identity, Communication, and Conflict: An Experiment – Download PDF
by Bhaumik, Sumon & Chowdhury, Subhasish M. & Dimova, Ralitza & Fromell, Hanna
GLO Fellows Sumon Bhaumik and Ralitza Dimova
Author Abstract: We investigate experimentally the effects of information about native/immigrant identity, and the ability to communicate a self-chosen personal characteristic towards the rival on conflict behavior. In a two-player individual contest with British and Immigrant subjects in the UK we find that neither information about identity nor communicating self-characteristics significantly affect the average level of conflict. Both of those, however, significantly affect players’ strategies, in the sense of the extent they involve conflict over time. Overall, the results indicate that inter-personal communication may help to mitigate high intensity conflicts when the identities are common knowledge among rivals.
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