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Title Priming Empathy through Family History to Increase Support for Immigrants and Immigration
Post date 08/22/2019
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale As anti-immigrant political parties have gained strength in recent years, scholars have increasingly attempted to identify strategies for reducing hostility toward migrant communities. This study builds on a nascent literature that leverages emotion to shift such attitudes by focusing on the ability of empathy to produce more favorable attitudes toward immigrants and pro-immigration policies. Specifically, we test whether priming American respondents on the immigrant history of their own families can increase support for immigration, and we evaluate whether heightened empathy is the mechanism that underlies any attitudinal shifts.
C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested? We expect that respondents primed to think about the immigrant histories of their own families will demonstrate more favorable attitudes toward immigrants and immigration. We also expect that these attitudinal shifts will be facilitated by greater feelings of empathy toward immigrants.
C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? * We test these hypotheses with a survey experiment in which respondents are randomly assigned to receive a prime about their family history before or after answering questions about their attitudes toward immigrants and immigration. We evaluate the empathy mechanism using various strategies for mediation analysis.
C4 Country United States
C5 Scale (# of Units) 4,000
C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection? Yes
C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval? Yes
C8 IRB Number Stanford IRB 50956
C9 Date of IRB Approval August 12, 2019
C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party? Researchers
C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research? No
C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published? not provided by authors
C13 JEL Classification(s) not provided by authors