Data from the experimental project 'Love or politics? Political views regarding the war in Ukraine in an online dating experiment' by Anna Beloborodova
This dataset contains data from the experiment and python code for the project titled “Love or politics? Political views regarding the war in Ukraine in an online dating experiment”. Paper abstract: How polarized is Russian society regarding the war in Ukraine? Political views have an impact on various behaviors, including relationship formation. In this paper I study the extent of polarization in the Russian society regrading the war in Ukraine by conducting a field experiment on a large Russian dating site and collecting data on more than 3,000 profile evaluations. The findings reveal sizable penalties for those who express pro-war or anti-war positions on their dating profiles, suggesting considerable levels of polarization in the Russian society regarding the war. Age of the online dating site users is the most divisive factor, as younger individuals are less likely to approach pro-war profiles but not anti-war profiles, while older individuals are less likely to respond positively to profiles indicating anti-war views but not pro-war views. The experiment was conducted in October - November, 2022, on a large online dating site in Russia in three Russian regions: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Sverdlovskaya oblast. There are three separate data files, one for each region. Each file contains information on male dating site users that have been liked by and/or have viewed the experimental female profiles. The description is available at https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/118862/ . The folder also contains python code for data analysis.