How do people come to their views on issues like income inequality, tax policy, and immigration policy? What is the role of personal experience in forming these opinions? Do people’s views change when they are confronted with new information that challenges their existing ideas? This week on EconoFact Chats, Stefanie Stantcheva explains how divergent social and political views can become entrenched, and why facts alone often aren’t sufficient to change one’s mind.
Stefanie is the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University and founder of its Social Economics Lab.