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Statistical Discrimination and Affirmative Action in the Lab

Dianat, Ahrash and Echenique, Federico and Yariv, Leeat (2022) 'Statistical Discrimination and Affirmative Action in the Lab.' Games and Economic Behavior, 132. pp. 41-58. ISSN 0899-8256

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We present results from laboratory experiments studying statistical discrimination and affirmative action. We induce statistical discrimination in simple labor-market interactions between firms and workers. We then introduce affirmative-action policies that vary in the size and duration of a subsidy that firms receive for hiring discriminated-against workers. These different affirmative-action policies have nearly the same effect, and practically eliminate discriminatory hiring practices. However, once lifted, few positive effects remain and discrimination reverts to its initial levels. One exception is lengthy affirmative-action policies, which exhibit somewhat longer-lived effects. Stickiness of beliefs, which we elicit, helps explain the observed outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Statistical Discrimination, Affirmative Action, Experiments
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2021 17:06
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2022 09:49

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