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Henrique Pita Barros presents The power of dialogue: Evidence from a field experiment in Mozambique

WIDER Seminar Series

Henrique Pita Barros presents at the WIDER Seminar Series on 01 March 2023.

The power of dialogue: Evidence from a field experiment in Mozambique


Forced displacement can cause tensions between displaced individuals and local hosting communities. This study assesses the impact of a unique field experiment in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, where a jihadist insurgency has resulted in nearly one million internally displaced people persons (IDPs). The experiment, implemented in the city of Pemba, was designed for bottom-up implementation and brought together IDPs and locals in community meetings to discuss their perspectives and experiences, and foster social-integration. Analysis of survey data, list-experiments, implicit association test and lab-in-the-field games showed that community meetings had immediate and sustained positive effects on trust and integration, as well as increased religious tolerance. The results suggest even brief but well-tailored intergroup interactions can have a positive lasting impact.

About the presenter

Henrique is a PhD Candidate in Economics at Brown University. His research focuses in the intersection of development economics, political economy and economic history, in particular the roots causes of conflict and how its consequences can be mitigated. Henrique is currently implementing a randomised intervention promoting the social integration of internally displaced persons in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. Additionally, he is also studying the long-term effects of several policies in colonial Mozambique. Henrique holds a M.A. in Economics by Brown University, a MSc. and a BSc. both in Economics by Nova SBE.

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