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Leonardo Bursztyn

How We Justify Our Unpopular Opinions

The tactic makes controversial views more palatable to others—and has implications for the rampant spread of fake news.

Researchers: Leonardo Bursztyn, Georgy Egorov, Ingar K. Haaland, Aakaash Rao and Christopher Roth

October 1, 2022

Politics & Elections

Does Social-Media Use Increase Xenophobia?

A recent study investigates, using data from a popular Russian social-media platform and information on regional hate crimes.

Researchers: Leonardo Bursztyn, Georgy Egorov, Ruben Enikolopov and Maria Petrova

July 10, 2020

Social Impact

When People Think Their Neighbors Support Trump, They’re More Likely to Express Anti-immigrant Views

Social norms are powerful—but fluid. A study of the 2016 election shows how they can change.

Researchers: Georgy Egorov, Leonardo Bursztyn and Stefano Fiorin

August 13, 2019

Politics & Elections

How Peer Pressure Can Lead Teens to Underachieve—Even in Schools Where It’s “Cool to Be Smart”

New research offers lessons for administrators hoping to improve student performance.

Researchers: Leonardo Bursztyn, Georgy Egorov and Robert Jensen

October 2, 2018

Social Impact