Research Seminar Series on “Global Challenges” – Silvia Prina (Northeastern University, IZA and J-PAL), 14th March 2024 at 12:15 p.m. (CET)

Research Seminar Series on “Global Challenges”

Silvia Prina (Northeastern University, IZA and J-PAL) on: “Public Opinion, Racial Bias, and Labor Market Outcomes in the United States” (with Kaveh Majlesi and Paul Sullivan), jointly organised by Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano, BAFFI and the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods (University of Milan) in collaboration with the Dipartimento di Economia, Metodi Quantitativi e Strategie di Impresa (Università Milano Bicocca), the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale (Politecnico di Milano) and the Department of Economics of the University of Insubria.


The seminar will be held on Thursday, 14th March 2024 at 12:15 p.m. (CET) in a hybrid format:

– DEMM seminar room, Via Conservatorio 7, 2nd floor.
– Via Zoom. Please register by email to



We study the role of negative shifts in public opinion on the economic lives of racially under-represented groups by investigating sudden changes in views of Asian people following the anti-Chinese rhetoric that emerged with the COVID-19 pandemic, and associated changes in employment status and earnings in the U.S. labor market. Using data from the Current Population Survey, we find that, unlike other under-represented groups, Asian workers in occupations or industries with a higher likelihood of face-to-face interactions before the pandemic were more likely to become unemployed afterwards. While widespread along the political spectrum, negative shifts in perceived favorability of Asian people, and not of other under-represented groups, were much stronger among those who voted for President Trump in 2016 and could have been more influenced by the anti-Asian rhetoric.