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Searching for religious discrimination among childcare workers

Utteeyo Dasgupta, Subha Mani and Prakarsh Singh

Review of Development Economics, 2020, vol. 24, issue 2, 362-382

Abstract: We implement a lab‐in‐the‐field experiment among childcare workers in Chandigarh, India, to evaluate discriminatory attitudes of the Hindu workers toward Muslim children. We use a third‐party allocation game that controls for selfish payoff‐maximizing preferences across the treatments and focus exclusively on distributional attitudes. Our results indicate that the workers in our sample are primarily motivated by welfare‐based criteria in making their allocation decisions and do not practice discrimination based on religious identities.

Date: 2020
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