SITE Brown Bag Seminar with Joseph Vecci
Social Identity and Role Models. Joseph Vecci, University of Gothenburg.
2016-09-20 at 12:00
2016-09-20 at 13:00
SITE Library, SSE, Bertil Ohlins Gata 4, 9th fl.
Joseph Vecci is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He completed his PhD in the Department of Economics, Monash university. His research interest include development, economics of education and behavioural economics. Specifically, he is conducting experiments to understand social norms and discrimination in developing countries. Joseph Vecci has also worked as a consultant for the Solomon Island government examining the impact of its rural development program.
In his research paper Joseph Vecci presents a lab-in-the-field experiment and surveys of marginalised Roma children in Slovakia to examine whether reminding Roma of their ethnicity reduces their performance in a cognitive task. Research on social identity and stereotypes has documented that when individuals feel their social group is negatively stereotyped in a domain their performance declines, which can reinforce discrimination. In an effort to break the cycle of negative stereotypes Joseph Vecci and his co-author Tomas Zelinsky remind Roma of either Roma or non-Roma role models. Authors find that the activation of a Roma's ethnicity reduces cognitive performance. In contrast Roma exposed to Roma role models outperform those reminded of their ethnicity and also non-Roma role models. Authors then attempt to understand the channels through which social identity and role models effect performance. They show that priming a Roma's identity has a direct effect on confidence, decreasing performance.
Read the paper "Social Identity and Role Models" on SSRN here.