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Ethnic discrimination and signals of trustworthiness in an online market: Evidence from two field experiments

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  • Wojtek Przepiorka

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    (University of Oxford)

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Results from two field experiments which were designed to identify possible ethnic discrimination on a German internet auction platform are discussed. A first set of results is produced by a secondary analysis of an earlier experiment. The second experiment additionally tests whether costly signals can help to overcome trust problems between buyers and sellers in online markets. The evidence is rather mixed with respect to ethnic discrimination, and it does not support the signaling hypothesis.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Nuffield College in its series Discussion Papers with number 2012002.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:cex:dpaper:2012002

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Keywords: Discrimination; Costly signaling; Trust; Online market; Field experiment;

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  1. von Essen, Emma & Karlsson, Jonas Karlsson, 2013. "A matter of transient anonymity: Discrimination by gender and foreignness in online auctions," Research Papers in Economics 2013:6, Stockholm University, Department of Economics.

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