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An experimental test of prejudice about foreign people

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  • Pablo Brañas-Garza

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    (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada.)

  • Olusegun A. Oyediran

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    (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada.)

  • M.Fernanda Rivas

    ()
    (University of Granada.)

Abstract

This paper o¤ers two related issues: (i ) an applications of beliefs about the cooperative behavior of others to policy-oriented issues, (ii ) a method of explor- ing prejudices (toward others) where interviewees are oblivious of its purpose. We studied contributions and guesses about others?contributions through an experimental game. Prejudice is examined as an implicitly held belief by a Spanish college student towards any of the speci?ed foreign population groups (i.e. the Asians, the Africans, the Latin Americans and the Westerners). The results show that: at the individual level, there exists some subjects that harbor strong positive (and negative) prejudices toward the foreigners. The prejudice models ?tted also show that: own contributions, femaleness, individual wealth; and beliefs about income status, cultural status, religious intensity, societal co- operation and political orientation have strong in?uences on racial prejudice.

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Paper provided by Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada. in its series ThE Papers with number 10/04.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:gra:wpaper:10/04

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Keywords: Beliefs; Prejudice; Public Goods Game;

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