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What's in a Surname?

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  • Ahmed, Ali M.

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This study examine possible incidence of discrimination against immigrants in Sweden in an experimental setting. Participants played the trust game and the dictator game with co-players with different ethnic affiliation. The family name of the players was exposed to their counterparts. Results for the trust game showed no discrimination against non-Swedish co-players. On the other hand, the dictator game experiment showed a statistically significant discriminatory behavior by men against co-players with non- European background. The discriminatory behavior was solely a male phenomenon.

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  • Ahmed, Ali M., 2006. "What's in a Surname?," CAFO Working Papers 2006:9, Linnaeus University, Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO), School of Business and Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:vxcafo:2006_009
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    Keywords

    Discrimination; Experiment; Trust game; Dictator game;

    JEL classification:

    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
    • C90 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - General
    • J70 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - General

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