Hi, I am Han Il Chang, research associate at New York University Abu Dhabi, specializing in Comparative Political Economy, Political Behavior, Identity Politics, and Experimental Political Science.
Broadly speaking, my research focuses on the political impacts of group identity and social norms, drawing on the literatures from both behavioral economics and social psychology. Specifically, I have studied intra- and inter-group cooperation, natives' attitudes toward immigrants, and the role of reciprocity norms - returning kindness to kind persons but unkindness to unkind persons - in the operation of clientelism. In doing so, I have analyzed observational data and conducted lab experiments in the United States, Canada, and United Arab Emirates, lab-in-the-field experiments in Lebanon, and online survey experiments in South Korea.
I have five articles published in peer-review journals so far. The one entitled "Building cooperation among groups in conflict: An experiment on intersectarian cooperation in Lebanon'' - coauthored with Leonid Peisakhin (New York University-Abu Dhabi) - was recently accepted to American Journal of Political Science for publication.
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