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Discrimination and Daycare Choice: Evidence from a Randomized Survey

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  • Mongoljin Batsaikhan

    (Middlesex University London)

  • Mette Goertz

    (University of Copenhagen and CEBI)

  • John Kennes

    (Aarhus University)

  • Ran Sun Lyng

    (Aarhus University, University of Toronto)

  • Daniel Monte

    (Sao Paulo School of Economics-FGV)

  • Norovsambuu Tumennasan

    (Dalhousie University)

Abstract

We use a randomized survey to study how discrimination affects parenting choices. In our survey, parents with young children choose between two public daycares, which are described by testimonials from other (fictitious) parents. The testifying parents in the first daycare describe a free play institution, which reflects a pro-typical Scandinavian ‘permissive parenting’ approach to childcare. The testifying parents in the second daycare describe a more structured daycare, which reflects an alternative approach to child care that is broadly consistent with ‘paternalistic parenting’. We randomize the fictitious names of the testifying parents across respondents. We find bias against ethnic minorities among parents who prefer a structured child care institution but not among parents who prefer free play one. These biases are not reduced when we provide additional information on testifiers’ professions. Our findings offer validation for a model of parenting where biases regarding discrimination are likely to come from parents preferring less permissive/more authoritarian methods of parenting. Our findings offer validation for a model of parenting where biases regarding discrimination are likely to come from parents preferring less permissive/more authoritarian methods of parenting.

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  • Mongoljin Batsaikhan & Mette Goertz & John Kennes & Ran Sun Lyng & Daniel Monte & Norovsambuu Tumennasan, 2021. "Discrimination and Daycare Choice: Evidence from a Randomized Survey," CEBI working paper series 19-14, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. The Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI).
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    discrimination; survey experiment; parenting style; daycare choice;
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    JEL classification:

    • D15 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Intertemporal Household Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality

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