Bergen-Gothenburg-Barcelona Workshop on Experimental Political Science

The Barcelona - Gothenburg - Bergen workshop was an annual workshop from 2015 - 2019. The 2020 edition was planned to be in Bergen May 2020. Due to the covid 19-situation, the workshop was cancelled, and the workshop has not yet been restarted. This workshop is an event to bring together researchers who use experimental methodology to address political phenomena. Empirical works from any subfield of the discipline are welcome. We also welcome methodological contributions on experimental design or analysis, and works that explore the relationship between experimental and observational data. Both senior and junior scholars are encouraged to participate.

Picture of Ivarsflaten opening BGB 3
Opening of the 3rd BGB-workshop, in Bergen 2017
Erla Løvseth

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Scientific committee for 2020: Elisabeth Ivarsflaten (University of Bergen), Eva Anduiza (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Mikael Persson (University of Gothenburg), Jordi Muñoz (University of Barcelona) and Mike Tomz (Stanford University).

Organizing committee: Elisabeth Ivarsflaten (elisabeth.ivarsflaten@uib.no), Hiwa Målen (hiwa.malen@uib.no) and Erla Løvseth (erla.lovseth@uib.no). 

In tandem with the workshop, the Susan and Paul M. Sniderman Best Experimental Paper in Europe Award is being awarded. You can read more about the award here.


2019 Meeting

Dates: May 9th-10th, 2019
Host Institution: University of Gothenburg

Scientific committee: Eva Anduiza (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Peter Esaiasson (University of Gothenburg), Elisabeth Ivarsflaten (University of Bergen), Jordi Muñoz (University of Barcelona) and Mike Tomz (Stanford University).

Organizing committee: Peter Esaiasson (peter.esaiasson@pol.gu.se) and Tove Wikehult (Tove Wikehult@gu.se)

The Susan and Paul M. Sniderman Award and keynote lecture
The Susan and Paul M. Sniderman Best Experimental Paper in Europe Award has been awarded to the paper “Voter Registration Costs and Disenfranchisement: Experimental Evidence from France” by Céline Braconnier, Jean-Yves Dormagen and Vincent Pons (2017), published in APSR 111(3): 584-604 (https://doi.org/10.1017/S000305541700003X). Jean-Yves Dormagen and Vincent Pons will deliver the keynote talk of the workshop.

Thursday May 9
Lukas StoetzerUniversity of ZürichThe effects of political arguments on voting decisionsAnders Sundell
Elisabeth IvarsflatenUniversity of BergenBad Faith: The Challenge of Representation of Muslim Minority CommunitiesAmy Alexander
Miguel Maria PereiraUniversity of WashingtonHow to Correct Elite Misperceptions of Public Opinion. Experimental EvidenceSebastian Lundmark
Emmy LindstamUniversity of MannheimThe Rise of Majority-Ethnic Nationalism and Social (In)Cohe-sion among Marginalized GroupsJohan Martinsson
Davide MorisiCollegio Carlo AlbertoThe moral dilemma of the “war on drugs”: an experimental study on attitudes toward militarized security in MexicoMarcia Grimes
Jennifer McCoyGeorgia State University, CEU, BudapestMitigating the Negative Consequences of Pernicious Polarization for Democracy: Can Gratitude and Compassion Combat Resentment and Anxiety?Elin Bergman
Rob JohnsUniversity of EssexA 'post-truth' public? What happens when misperceptions are corrected?Mattias Agerberg
Jean-Yves Dormagen and Vincent Pons


KEYNOTE, Sniderman Award


Friday May 10
Love ChristensenUniversity of GothenburgRational Policy Attitude Formation: Theory and Experimental EvidenceVincent Pons
Stefanie ReherUniversity of StrathclydeInterest Groups, Policy Representa-tion and the Legitimacy of GovernancePatrik Öhberg
Mike TomzUniversity of StanfordThe Effects of Naming and Shaming on Public Support for Compliance with International Agreements: An Experimental Analysis of the Paris AgreementMikael Persson
Felix HartmanUniversity of GothenburgLearning from Disasters: Political Selection under Economic Distress.Elisabeth Ivarsflaten
Jordi MuñozUniversity of BarcelonaTrust in multilevel government: Experimental evidenceAnna Persson
Sebastián LavezzoloUniversity of PittsburghPopular Demand for Technocrats: A Conjoint Experiment in Spain and FranceElina Lindgren
Henning FinseraasInstitute for Social Research, OsloWho Responds? Estimating Treat-ment Heterogeneity in a Turnout Mobilization Campaign 


2018 Meeting


    • Host institution: Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)
    • Organizing committee: Elisabeth Ivarsflaten (University of Bergen), Jordi Muñoz (University of Barcelona) and Peter Esaiasson (University of Gothenburg)
    • Venue: University of Barcelona. Law School.
    • Scientific committee: Peter Esaiasson (University of Gothenburg), Jordi Muñoz (University of Barcelona), Elisabeth Ivarsflaten (University of Bergen), Eva Anduiza (Autonomous University of Barcelona), and Thomas J. Leeper (London School of Economics and Political Science).
    • Dates: May 10th-11th, 2018
    • Program:

May 9th at 18:00 Pre-workshop session on Conjoint Experiments

Teppei Yamamoto (MIT) Room A218

DAY 1: Thursday May 10th   Room A411

9:00-9:15 Welcome

9:15- 10:00 Paper 1

Michael Tomz, Stanford University

“Public opinion about foreign election interference”

Discussant: Jordi Muñoz (IPERG-UB)

10:00-10:45 Paper 2

Matthew K. Gichohi, University of Bergen

“Political Information and Candidate Evaluations in Africa”

Discussant: Albert Falcó (UB) 

10:45-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 Paper 3

Mikael Persson, University of Gothenburg

“Does Deliberative Education Increase Civic Competence? Results From a Field Experiment”

Discussant: Pradeep Chhibber (Berkeley) 

11:45-12:30 Paper 4

Valérie-Anne Mahéo, Université de Montréal

“Socialization on Times of Elections: A Field Experiment on the Impact of Civic Education”

Discussant: Chitraleka Basu (IPERG-UB)

12:30-13:15 Paper 5

Alexandra Scacco, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

“Can the Provision of Information or Economic Benefits Prevent Irregular Migration? A Field Experiment in Nigeria”

Discussant: Aina Gallego (IBEI) 

13:15-14:45 Lunch

14:45-15:30 Paper 6 

Max Schaub, Bocconi University

“Ethnic Riots and Pro-Social Behavior: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan”

Discussant: Francesc Amat (IPERG-UB)

15:30-16:15 Paper 7

Elisabeth Ivarsflaten, University of Bergen

“Making Claims on behalf of Migrants: Do human rights appeals increase support for the claims of resident non-citizens experiencing hardship?”

Discussant: Michael Tomz (Stanford) 

17:00-18:00 Keynote, Sniderman Award Room D101


DAY 2: Friday May 11th Room A411

9:00-9:45 Paper 8 

Peter Esaiasson, Gothenburg

“Can leaders motivate citizens to be good losers? A de-biasing experiment”

Discussant: Guillem Rico (UAB)

9:45-10:30 Paper 9 

Hannah Werner, University of Amsterdam

“This process is fair because I won: How social dominance orientation moderates the potential of citizen involvement to foster democratic legitimacy”

Discussant: Zsuzsanna Magyar (IPERG-UB)

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11:30 Paper 10

Bernhard Kittel, University of Vienna

“The Dark Side of Transparency. An Experiment on Need-based Justice”


Discussant: Sveinung Arnesen (Bergen)

11:30-12:30 Paper 11

Ana Garcia Hernandez, NOVA SBE & WZB 

“Political Voice and Public Goods Provision. Evidence from a Lab-in-the-Field Experiment in Uganda”

Discussant: Bernhard Kittel (Vienna) 

12:30-13:15 Paper 12

Miriam Hänni, University of Konstanz

“Unwrapping Losers’ Discontent. Understanding the causes of electoral losers’ political support”

Discussant: Filip Kostelka (IPERG-UB)

13:15-14:45 Lunch

14:45-15:30 Paper 13

Davide Morisi, University of Vienna

“Closer to the elites? How information and emotions influence populist attitudes?”

Discussant: Eva Anduiza (UAB)

15:30-16:15 Paper 14

Enrique Hernández, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

“Should You Sacrifice Your Constituents? Moral Dilemmas and the Evaluation of Politicians”

Discussant: Peter Esaiasson (Gothenburg)


2017 Meeting


    • Host institution:Digital Social Science Core FacilityUniversity of Bergen (Norway)
    • Organizing committee: Elisabeth Ivarsflaten (University of Bergen), Jordi Muñoz (University of Barcelona) and Peter Esaiasson (University of Gothenburg)
    • Venue: Faculty of Social Sciences (SV-bygget, Lauritz Meltzers hus), Fosswinckels gate 6, Bergen
    • Scientific committee: Peter Esaiasson (University of Gothenburg), Jordi Muñoz (University of Barcelona), Wouter van der Brug (University of Amsterdam), Sara B. Hobolt (London School of Economics), Elisabeth Ivarsflaten (University of Bergen), and Rune Stubager (Aarhus University).
  • Keynote speaker: Diana Mutz (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Program:

DAY 1: Monday April 24th

Session 1: Chair – Peter Esaiasson 9-12:30.

9: Welcome and intro

9:15: Paper 1

Sergi Pardos-Prado, University of Oxford.

“Tax Progressivity, ethnic diversity, and support for redistribution”

Discussant: Stefan Dahlberg, University of Bergen and University of Gothenburg.

 10:00: Paper 2

Sveinung Arnesen, Troy Broderstad, Mikael Johannesson, and Jonas Linde, University of Bergen.

“The Wiggle Room of Democracy: How Turnout, Majority Size, and Outcome Favorability Influence the Legitimacy of Referendums”

Discussant: Mike Tomz, Stanford University.

10:45-11: Coffee Break

11:00: Paper 3

Alexandra Scacco, New York University.

“Can Social Contact Reduce Prejudice and Discrimination? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Nigeria”

Discussant: Johanna Söderström, University of Bergen

11:45: Paper 4

Miquel Pellicer, University College Dublin.

“Efficacy, Blame Attribution, and Protest Scope: Findings from a survey experiment in South Africa”

Discussant: Eva Anduiza, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

12:30 Lunch

 14-15:30: Keynote lecture

Diana Mutz, U Penn.

“My Country First?  Reconciling Survey and Experimental Findings on Trade Preferences”

Session 2: Chair Jordi Munoz 16-17:30

16:00: Paper 5

Annerose Nisser, University of Konstanz.

“Ethnic Politics and Cross-Ethnic Representation: A Field Experiment”

Discussant: Alexandra Scacco, New York University

16:45: Paper 6

 Dominik Duell, University of Essex.

“Social Identity and the Attribution of Blame”

Discussant: Eric Dickson, New York University.

Day 2: Tuesday April 25th

Session 3: Chair – Stefan Dahlberg 9-12:309:00: Paper 7

Eva Anduiza, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

“Turnout and expected turnout in protest events”

Discussant: Ann-Kristin Kölln, Leuven

  9:45: Paper 8

Eric Dickson, New York University.

“Profiling in the Lab: How Group Targeting by Law Enforcement Affects Legitimacy and Compliance”

Discussant: Peter Esaiasson, University of Gothenburg

10:30-10:45: Coffee Break

10:45: Paper 9

Lise Bjånesøy, University of Bergen.

“Patterns of legitimacy on the far right”

Discussant: Sergi Pardos-Prado, University of Oxford.

11:30: Paper 10

Ann-Kristin Kölln, KU Leuven.

“Conjoint Experiments on Political Support for Governmental Spending Profiles”

Discussant: Dominik Duell, Essex

12:30: Lunch

 Session 4:  Chair – Elisabeth Ivarsflaten 13:30-17:00.

13:30: Paper 11

Steven Finkel and Christian Gineste, University of Pittsburgh.

“Where Terror Lies: Social Desirability and Support for Violent Extremism in the Sahel”

Discussant: Jordi Munoz, University of Barcelona. 

14:15: Paper 12

Honorata Mazepus, Leiden University.

“Normative and Material Arguments of the EU and Russia: What Appeals to Citizens in Eastern European Countries?”

Discussant: Diana Mutz, UPenn

 15-15:15: Coffee Break

15:15:  Paper 13

J. Andrew Harris, New York University — Abu Dhabi.

“Judicial Decisions as Public Goods Provision: An Experiment to Improve Legal Process and Outcomes in Kenya.”

Discussant: Peter Lown, Essex University

 16:00: Paper 14

Konstantin Glinitzer, University of Vienna.

“Does social distance decrease support for politicians? Evidence from conjoint experiments in three countries”

Discussant: Mikael Johannesson, University of Bergen.


2016 Meeting


    • Host institution: Centre Universitari Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Barcelona
    • Funding: CUIMPB and POLEXP excellence research network (CSO2015-71952-REDT)
    • Organizing committee: Jordi Muñoz (University of Barcelona) and Peter Esaiasson (University of Gothenburg)
    • Venue: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Sala Mirador (C de Montalegre 5)
    • Scientific committee: Peter Esaiasson (University of Gothenburg), Jordi Muñoz (University of Barcelona), Wouter van der Brug (University of Amsterdam), Sara B. Hobolt (London School of Economics), Elisabeth Ivarsflaten (University of Bergen), and Rune Stubager (Aarhus University).
  • Keynote speaker: Paul Sniderman (Stanford University)


Papers presented

Kaisa HerneUniversity of TampereOlli Lappalainen, Maija Setälä, Juha YlisaloTwo Mechanisms of Accountability: An Experimental Approach
Ignacio JuradoUniversity of YorkElias Dinas, Nikitas Konstantinidis, Stefanie WalterDarin to Fail: When Bad Economic Management can be Electorally Rewarding
Maria Jose HierroUAB Is my nation cool enough? National identification in difficult economic times

Wahideh Achbari

Free University BrusselsBertjan Doosje, Benny GeysValue Congruence, Opinion Diversity and the Development of Generalized Trust:  Experimental Evidence using a Minimal Group Design
Carol GalaisUniversitat Oberta de CatalunyaAndré BlaisDisclosure and punishment: How social pressure boosts turnout in lab elections.
Jonas Hedegaard HansenUniversity of CopenhagenYosef Bhatti, Jens Olav Dahlgaard, Kasper M. HansenMoving the Campaign From the Front Door To the Front Pocket: Field Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Phrasing and Timing of Text Messages on Voter Turnout
Gabriella Sacramone-LutzUniversity of PennsylvaniaMacartan Humphreys and Guy GrossmanInformation Technology and Political Engagement: Mixed Evidence from Uganda
Lluís OrriolsUniversidad Carlos IIIMariano Torcal, Sergio Martini“Informational cueing” and EU issues in Spanish European Elections. A survey experiment.
Rune SlothuusAarhus UniversityThomas J. LeeperThe Effects of Party Cues on Opinion Formation: How Citizens Learn from Parties but Resist Partisan Influence
Konstantin VossingHumboldt University Berlin Issue-stretching. The effects of unsubstantiated political explanations on the explainer, policy support, and the democratic process
Paul MarxUniversity of Southern DenmarkGijs SchumacherDo poor citizens vote for redistribution or against the establishment? A conjoint experiment in Denmark
Elin NaurinUniversity of GothenburgDaniel Naurin and Amy AlexanderGendered negotiations. A survey experiment on the importance of stereotyping for the behavior of state negotiators in the EU Council of Ministers
Sophia HatzUppsala University Israeli Defense Force Demolitions of Palestinian Houses: Deterrence or Provocation?
Rune StubagerAarhus UniversityJames Tilley, Geoffrey Evans,  Joshua RobisonIn the eye of the beholder: What determines how people sort others into social classes?
Elias NaumannUniversity of MannheimLukas Stötzer, Giuseppe PietrantuonoAttitudes Towards Highly Skilled and Low Skilled Immigration in Europe – A Survey Experiment in 15 European Countries
Yphtach LelkesUniversity of AmsterdamShanto Iyengar, Stanford UniversitySimilar others? Self-Interest versus Symbolic Attitudes towards Immigration among Immigrants
Markus WagnerUniversity of ViennaKonstantin GlinitzerImmigration Rates, Political Parties, and Motivated Reasoning: How Political Attitudes Shape Factual Beliefs
Elisabeth IvarsflatenUniversity of BergenScott Blinder, Robert Ford, Maria OskarssonSecularism or Anti-Muslim Sentiment: Experiments on Targeted and Principled Opposition to Religious Schools in Britain, Norway, and Sweden
Michael TomzStanford UniversityNeil Malhotra, Benoît MoninHow does Corporate Environmentalism Affect Political Activity? An Experimental Investigation
Pablo Fernandez-VazquezJuan March Institute Breaking the Law to Win Reelection: Corruption, Red Tape, and Electoral Accountability
Alexander TrechselEuropean University InstituteDr. Diego GarziaSelf-Persuasion Online: The Impact of VAAs on Electoral Behaviour
Riccardo LadiniUniversity of TrentoMoreno Mancosu, Cristiano VezzoniSmall is beautiful: Examining the properties of the Instructional Manipulation Checks through an experimental approach


2015 Meeting


    • Dates: May 7-8, 2015
    • Host institutionUniversity of Gothenburg
    • Organizing committee: Jordi Muñoz (University of Barcelona) and Peter Esaiasson (University of Gothenburg)
    • Scientific committee: Peter Esaiasson (University of Gothenburg), Jordi Muñoz (University of Barcelona), Wouter van der Brug (University of Amsterdam), Sara B. Hobolt (London School of Economics), Elisabeth Ivarsflaten (University of Bergen), and Rune Stubager (Aarhus University).
  • Keynote speaker: Neil Malhotra (Stanford University)


  1. Miquel Pellicer, Patrizio Piraino and Eva Wegner Information, Mobilization, and Demand for Redistribution: A Survey Experiment in South Africa (Disc. Huddy)
  2. Theresa Kuhn, Hector Solaz, and Erika van Elsas Transnational solidarity in the European sovereign debt crisis. Combined evidence of the European Election Survey and laboratory experiments
  3. Elias Naumann and Lukas Stötzer The effect of immigration on support for redistribution re-examined: survey experiments in three European countries
  4. Raymond Duch and David Rueda The People You Are: Personality Traits as Determinants of Redistribution Preferences
  5. Stanley Feldman and Leonie Huddy Public Support for Policies to Assist the Disadvantaged: An Experimental Investigation of the Interaction of Empathy and Values
  6. Joseph Asunka, Sarah Brierley, Eric Kramon, George Ofosu Do Election Observers Promote or Prevent Violence? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Ghana
  7. Daniel Rubenson and Peter John Loewen Property Rights and Trust
  8. Jan Sauermann The effects of inequality in majority decisions
  9. Bernhard Kittel, Georg Kanitsar, and Stefan Traubb Structural Power, Endowments, and Social Preferences in Networks: An Experiment in Coalition Formation and Redistribution
  10. Elin Naurin and Patrik Öhberg Costly Responsiveness: The Party as a Constraining Factor for Candidates’ Responsiveness to Citizen-Initiated Contacts
  11. David Johann, Sylvia Kritzinger, Colin T. Smith Implicit attitudes and inconsistent issue voting: the example of the radical right vote
  12. Thomas J. Leeper and Rune Slothuus The Information Environment and Consistency in Citizens’ Policy Opinions
  13. Roberto Pannico Does the Position Matter? The Power of Different Party Cues on European Integration
  14. Rune Karlsen, Kari Steen-Johnsen, Dag Wollebæk and Bernard Enjolras Echo Chamber and Trench Warfare Dynamics in Online Debates