We examine how the extent to which one views the world in zero-sum terms — i.e., that benefits to one person or group come at the expense of others — influence policy views and can help explain current political divides in the United States.

Authors: Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Adrien Fabre, Tobias Kruse, Bluebery Planterose, Ana Sanchez Chico, and Stefanie Stantcheva

Using new surveys on more than 40,000 respondents in twenty countries that account for 72% of global CO2 emissions, we study the understanding of and attitudes toward climate change and climate policies.

Authors: Alberto Alesina, Matteo Ferroni, and Stefanie Stantcheva

We investigate how respondents perceive racial inequities between Black and white Americans, what they believe causes them, and what interventions, if any, they think should be implemented to reduce them.

Author: Stefanie Stantcheva

Using large-scale online surveys and experiments on representative U.S. samples, we study how well people understand, reason, and learn about four economic policies: i) Personal income taxation, ii) Estate taxation, iii) Health insurance, and iv) Trade. 

Author: Stefanie Stantcheva

I study how people understand and reason about trade, and what factors shape their views on trade policy.