Austin Wang


Behavior Identities, Methods

I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Duke University. My first field is Behavior and Identity and the second field is Methodology.My dissertation focuses on how intertemporal choice, or the so-called patience and discounting factor, influences political participation and policy preference in both the individual and the group levels. Through representative surveys and survey experiments in the U.S., Taiwan, and Ukraine, I show that intertemporal choice helps explain sociotropic voting and redistributive preference. I also identify under what condition did the linkage between intertemporal choice and turnout exist through survey experiment. My findings suggest that how people view the future has an unignorable impact on the process of democratization. My research interests broadly include political behavior, political psychology, and Taiwan politics in comparative perspectives. My publication on the change of Taiwanese Identity can be found on Asian Survey (forthcoming).