Vittorio Merola

Political Science
Graduate Student

My research focuses on behavioral political economy, in particular understanding how people form an understanding of the critical factors surrounding economic inequality, and how such beliefs subsequently affect political behavior. Some specific research projects that I have been working on include understanding the role of social identity on the formation of expectations of economic mobility, how absolute income shifts affect perceptions of inequality differently from relative income shifts, and the role of numeracy and preferences for numeric information in political persuasion and policy support. I am also very interested in how temporal perspectives and beliefs in meritocracy affect the perception of the status quo and motivate behavior toward social change, as well as how perceptions of risk, self-regulation and feelings of self-control affect prosocial behavior.

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