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Self-discrimination: A field experiment on obesity

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  • Pablo Brañas-Garza

    (Universidad de Granada, Spain)

  • Antonios Proestakis

    (Universidad de Granada, Spain)

Abstract

While 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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Paper provided by Chapman University, Economic Science Institute in its series Working Papers with number 11-17.

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Length: 65 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:chu:wpaper:11-17

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Keywords: Discrimination; obesity; field experiment; gender; self-perception;

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  1. Obese self-discriminators
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2012-02-02 15:19:00
  2. Obese People Self-Discriminate
    by Christopher Shea in Ideas Market on 2012-02-07 19:04:53

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