Seminario: "Collective action in networks: evidence from the Chilean student movement"

Presenta: Felipe González (Pontificia Universidad Católica) Lugar y hora: Miércoles 27 de Septiembre de 2017, 13:00 hrs. Sala P 301, Edificio Placa (Diagonal Paraguay 257)


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.

Datos del Seminario

Fecha de inicio:
27 de Septiembre, 2017 | 13:00 hrs.

Fecha de término
27 de Septiembre, 2017 | 14:00 hrs.