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Positive Discrimination, Stereotyping and Segregation


  • Francesco Bogliacino
  • Laura Jiménez
  • Daniel Reyes


In this work, we test the hypothesis that the Colombian system of socio-economic stratification, which ranks dwellings from one to six to calculate utility (public services) rates, may be discriminatory and increase segregation. A field experiment with around 1000 participants from Bogota is carried out. The design includes a combination of a trust game and a dictator game. Results exclude the presence of pure preferences for discrimination, yet confirm that low strata are associated with stereotypes of low trustworthiness. We also observe significant pro-social behaviour in the low income population, and, most strikingly, we do not observe any difference in trustworthiness according to income level.

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  • Francesco Bogliacino & Laura Jiménez & Daniel Reyes, 2016. "Positive Discrimination, Stereotyping and Segregation," Documentos de Trabajo, Escuela de Economía 15112, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, FCE, CID.
  • Handle: RePEc:col:000178:015112

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    segregation; discrimination; statistical discrimination; stereotypes; trust;
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    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination

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