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Types of Contact: A Field Experiment on Collaborative and Adversarial Caste Integration

Matthew Lowe

No 8089, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: I estimate the effects of collaborative and adversarial intergroup contact. I randomly assigned Indian men from different castes to participate in cricket leagues or to serve as a control group. League players faced variation in collaborative contact, through random assignment to homogeneous-caste or mixed-caste teams, and adversarial contact, through random assignment of opponents. Collaborative contact increases cross-caste friendships and efficiency in trade, and reduces own-caste favoritism. In contrast, adversarial contact generally reduces cross-caste interaction and efficiency. League participation reduces intergroup differences, suggesting that the positive aspects of intergroup contact more than offset the negative aspects in this setting.

Keywords: contact hypothesis; caste; social interactions; India; field experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 D90 D91 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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