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Kai Barron

Visiting Scholar 2022-2023

Residency Dates: Spring 2023 | February 1, 2023 - July 31, 2023


Kai Barron

Kai Barron is a postdoctoral research fellow at WZB Berlin Social Science Center and a member of the Berlin School of Economics (BSE). His primary research fields are behavioral and experimental economics. Barron's work focuses on studying how individuals process information, thereby constructing narratives, and forming expectations to understand the world around them.

During his time at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), he will focus on identifying the factors that influence individuals when they choose to adopt one narrative explanation of objective data over another. He will also study how narratives can be used as a persuasive tool to shift the beliefs and behavior of individuals and evaluate which interventions can be used to protect against this form of potentially harmful persuasion.

Barron received his Ph.D. in economics from University College London (UCL), having previously completed his undergraduate studies at University of Cape Town (UCT).

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, WZB Berlin Social Science Center
  • Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

The role of psychological mechanisms in the construction of political narratives



Areas of Expertise

Belief Formation


Moral Behavior

Select Publications

Barron, Kai, Charles D.H. Parry, Debbie Bradshaw, Rob Dorrington, Pam Groenewald, Ria Laubscher, and Richard Matzopoulos. “Alcohol, Violence and Injury-Induced Mortality: Evidence from a Modern-Day Prohibition.” The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2022, 1–45.

Barron, Kai, Heike Harmgart, Steffen Huck, Sebastian O. Schneider, and Matthias Sutter. “Discrimination, Narratives and Family History: An Experiment with Jordanian Host and Syrian Refugee Children.” The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2021, 1–34.