To understand whether the perception of group-based competition shapes one's immigration policy preferences, I designed a survey experiment in which highly skilled and educated foreign engineers and students are presented as competitors to white Americans. My preliminary analysis suggests that white survey respondents tend to support policies limiting highly skilled and educated immigrants' benefits when the competitors were identified as Asian instead of whites. This project is part of my dissertation.
Turn Competence into Competition: An experimental study on conditions under which people will support policies restricting high-skilled Asian immigrants.
The partisan division on race conscious policies like Affirmative Action has been either attributed to the difference in ideological principle or race prejudice. In our experimental study, by interrupting the racial hierarchy, we found that when told Black students outperformed white students, both partisans could take conservative stance on race conscious policies. Click to see Dr. Wamble's website.
A Model Threat- Understanding Racial Threat through White Attitudes towards Asians, with Julian Wamble
In this project, we study how authoritarianism, psychological disposition, could shape one's attitudes on redistribution policies (i.e., tax) differentially across social contexts. Pooling cross-national data from the World Value Survey, our data analysis suggests that in societies where economic-individualism is endorsed by the mainstream as norm, people who score high on the authoritarianism scale tend to oppose redistribution policies. Click to see Michelle Io-Low's website.
Authoritarians’ Economic Preferences:
Check Your Pocket Book or Follow the Norm, with Michelle Io-Low
Asian Population vs Asian Restaurant Style
Does your favorite Chinese restaurant in town offer you General Tso's Chicken or Sichuan Boiled Fish? Should the chef carter local tastes by providing Americanized dishes or serve the most authentic cuisine to attract new immigrants and tourists from China? In this project, our team combined Yelp ratings and demographic data from US Census to see how Asian restaurants adapt the demographic change in US. Click here to see the project webpage by team Lilith (Cen, J., Fong, H., Shen, S. & Zhao, Y.*)