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Shopping While Female: Who Pays Higher Prices and Why?

Anne Fitzpatrick ()

American Economic Review, 2017, vol. 107, issue 5, 146-49

Abstract: I estimate gender price discrimination in the Ugandan antimalarial drug market with an audit study. To determine whether results are consistent with statistical or taste-based discrimination, I contrast gender results with results by ethnicity (tribe). Vendors initially offer women prices that are $0.12 (3 percent) higher. However, women are 16 percentage points more likely to successfully bargain for a discount, resulting in no differential in price paid. Results are stronger among majority-tribe females. I find no differences in drug quality. Both women and minorities report better service quality. Offer price differentials suggest statistical discrimination; there is no differential for prices paid.

JEL-codes: D12 J15 J16 L11 L65 L81 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20171127
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