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How Does It Feel to Be Part of the Minority? Impacts of Perspective-Taking on Prosocial Behaviors

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  • Chatruc, Marisol Rodríguez

    (Inter-American Development Bank)

  • Rozo, Sandra V.

    (World Bank)

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Can online experiences that illustrate the perspective of the everyday life of a minority group improve behaviors of the dominant towards the minority group? We explore the case of natives and refugees by randomly assigning 850 natives to: i) an online game that immerses natives in the life decisions of refugees and ii) a real-life documentary about the migration process of refugees. Both treatments effectively improve altruism and reduce prejudice from natives towards migrants. The impacts of both treatments are not statistically different in any of the other outcomes that we examine.

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  • Chatruc, Marisol Rodríguez & Rozo, Sandra V., 2021. "How Does It Feel to Be Part of the Minority? Impacts of Perspective-Taking on Prosocial Behaviors," IZA Discussion Papers 14303, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    Keywords

    migration; redistribution; trust;
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    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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