Articles by Daniel Auer

September 8, 2022

How one sporting gesture helped curb ethnic discrimination

Daniel Auer
Back in 2018, Daniel Auer and Didier Ruedin were conducting a research experiment on prejudice in the Swiss housing market. That same summer, a footballer at the FIFA World Cup made a controversial gesture that got the nation talking. After he did so, our researchers observed a significant drop in ethnic discrimination. Were the two phenomena connected?
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Daniel Auer
Senior Researcher, University of Bern / Research Fellow, Center for European Social Research, University of Mannheim

Prior to his current roles, Daniel studied political science and economics in Vienna, Urbana-Champaign, and Zurich before receiving his PhD from the University of Lausanne.

He has also been a postdoctoral researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and visiting researcher in Malmö and Oxford.

In his research, Daniel focuses on discrimination- and policy-driven mechanisms that affect political participation and socio-economic integration, and on investigating drivers of migration.

He applies longitudinal registry data as well as large-scale field experiments and representative surveys in Europe, West-Africa, and the Middle East.

Daniel has published in international journals in the fields of political science, economics, and sociology.

He tweets @daniel__auer

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