Self-discrimination: A field experiment on obesity
AbstractWhile it is well-established in the literature that obese people are discriminated against in the working environment, little is known about their own actual behavior. Our experimental setting investigates whether these potentially discriminated people respond in a different way when faced with the opportunity of earning a positive amount of money. Significant lower money requests by people who are self-reported as obese confirm our self-discrimination hypothesis, offering an additional explanation for the wage gap; Thus, it seems that these obese people earn less not only because of discrimination against them but also because they themselves are less demanding. Interestingly, results are more robust for females, especially for those who "feel", but they are not actually, obese.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Chapman University, Economic Science Institute in its series Working Papers with number 11-17.
Length: 65 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Discrimination; obesity; field experiment; gender; self-perception;
Other versions of this item:
- Pablo Brañas-Garza & Antonios Proestakis, 2010. "Self-discrimination: A field experiment on obesity," ThE Papers 10/18, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..
- C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
- J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-01-18 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2012-01-18 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2012-01-18 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2012-01-18 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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