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Discrimination in second hand consumer markets: evidence from a field experiment

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  • M. Belén Cobacho

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    (Dpto. Métodos Cuantitativos e Informáticos)

  • Mariano Bosch

    (Universidad de Alicante)

Abstract

This paper studies discrimination against immigrants in the consumer market in Spain. We send emails of fictitious buyers to a popular Spanish second hand market webpage similar to ebay. Sellers are approached randomly by buyers with Spanish native or foreign sounding names to signal their ethnic origin. We find that those buyers with a foreign sounding name are contacted around 7.8 percentage points less than those with a Spanish sounding name. We then turn to explore how the price of the advertised good influences the degree of discrimination against foreign sounding names. We find that differential treatment across names occurs with more intensity for cheaper goods.

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Paper provided by Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) in its series Working Papers. Serie AD with number 2011-09.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Publication status: Published by Ivie
Handle: RePEc:ivi:wpasad:2011-09

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Keywords: discrimination; second hand consumer market; field experiment.;

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