Group Favoritism and the Image Concerns of Political Partisans: Evidence from Moral Wiggle Room Experiments

invitation only · SEMINAR · 21.11.2023 13:30 - 15:00

invitation only

This event will connect two distinct research programs in behavioral political economy. The first concerns the effects of “group bias”, in particular political sectarianism. The second explores the use of “exculpatory narratives” to rationalize self-interested behavior in the presence of self- and social-image concerns, one of the best-known examples of which are “moral wiggle room” experiments. Using an online sample of US participants, we’ll explore how partisan affiliation, image and moral wiggle room interact, and discuss some possible implications, including the 2024 Presidential election.

This event is a part of a research series on the characteristics of the US role in global politics organized by the Center on US Politics and Power at FIIA.


Keynote speaker:
Peter Hans Matthews, Fulbright-Aalto Distinguished Chair (2023/4), Aalto University

Charly Salonius-Pasternak, Leading Researcher, FIIA



Peter Hans Matthews

Fulbright-Aalto Distinguished Chair (2023/4), Aalto University

Peter Hans Matthews is the Fulbright-Aalto Distinguished Chair at Aalto University as well as the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at Middlebury. At Middlebury, he teaches courses in poverty and inequality, labor and public economics, macroeconomics and game theory, and does research in behavioral economics, labor economics, political economy, inequality and philanthropy. He has a PhD from Yale and has previously served as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki.


Charly Salonius-Pasternak

Leading Researcher, FIIA

Charly Salonius-Pasternak is a Leading Researcher at FIIA and leads the work of the Center on US Politics and Power (CUSPP). His work at FIIA focuses on international security issues, especially Nordic and transatlantic security (including NATO), as well as U.S. foreign and defence policy. Recently he has focused on Finnish-Swedish defence cooperation and the evolution of US and NATO alliance reassurance approaches in light of the changed regional security situation. In 2017, he was a visiting research fellow at the Changing Character of War programme at Pembroke College (Oxford University), where he studied the hybridization of warfare and the impact of the Information Age on the character of war.