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Familiarity Does Not Breed Contempt: Generosity, Discrimination, and Diversity in Delhi Schools

Gautam Rao

American Economic Review, 2019, vol. 109, issue 3, 774-809

Abstract: I exploit a natural experiment in Indian schools to study how being integrated with poor students affects the social behaviors and academic outcomes of rich students. Using administrative data, lab and field experiments to measure outcomes, I find that having poor classmates makes rich students (i) more prosocial, generous, and egalitarian; and (ii) less likely to discriminate against poor students, and more willing to socialize with them. These effects are driven by personal interactions between rich and poor students. In contrast, I find mixed but overall modest impacts on rich students' academic achievement.

JEL-codes: C90 D31 I21 I24 O15 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.20180044
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