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Ethnic discrimination and signals of trustworthiness in an online market: Evidence from two field experiments

Wojtek Przepiorka

No 2012002, Discussion Papers from University of Oxford, Nuffield College

Abstract: Results from two field experiments which were designed to identify possible ethnic discrimination on a German internet auction platform are discussed. A first set of results is produced by a secondary analysis of an earlier experiment. The second experiment additionally tests whether costly signals can help to overcome trust problems between buyers and sellers in online markets. The evidence is rather mixed with respect to ethnic discrimination, and it does not support the signaling hypothesis.

Keywords: Discrimination; Costly signaling; Trust; Online market; Field experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 D82 J15 L81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19 pages
Date: 2012-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dem, nep-exp, nep-ict and nep-soc
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