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The impact of affirmative action: Evidence from a cross-country laboratory experiment

Uwe Dulleck, Yumei He, Michael P Kidd () and Juliana Silva-Goncalves

Economics Letters, 2017, vol. 155, issue C, 67-71

Abstract: We use an implicit association test to examine whether there is evidence of a negative stereotype, with Australians relatively weak in mathematical skills vis a vis Chinese. Based on an existing stereotype, we examine the impact of affirmative action on the effort level of Australians (the favoured group) within the context of a cross-country (Australia and China) laboratory experiment. We compare results across two distinct affirmative action programs; one in which a well-established negative stereotype exists and a baseline where no known stereotype prevails. We find that the effort level declines in the baseline, but not in the presence of a real stereotype.

Keywords: Affirmative action; Stereotype; Cross-country laboratory experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C91 J78 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2017.03.010

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