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Trust and Discrimination in a Segmented Society: an Experimental Approach

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  • Fershtman, C.
  • Gneezy, U.

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An experimental approach is used to study ethnic discrimination within the Israeli Jewish society. Our experiment indicates that the segmented structure of Israeli society manifests itself in a consistent pattern of mistrust. In a trust game that we studied, money transferred to players of Eastern ethnic origin (Sephardic Jew) was significantly less than that transferred to players of Western origin (Ashkenazic Jew).

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  • Fershtman, C. & Gneezy, U., 1998. "Trust and Discrimination in a Segmented Society: an Experimental Approach," Papers 25-98, Tel Aviv.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:teavfo:25-98
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    1. Edward L. Glaeser & David Laibson & Jose A. Scheinkman & Christine L. Soutter, 1999. "What is Social Capital? The Determinants of Trust and Trustworthiness," Harvard Institute of Economic Research Working Papers 1875, Harvard - Institute of Economic Research.

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    DISCRIMINATION ; ISRAEL;

    JEL classification:

    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing

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