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"One Muslim is Enough!" - Evidence from a Field Experiment in France

Claire L. Adida (), David D. Laitin () and Marie-Anne Valfort ()
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Claire L. Adida: University of California, San Diego
David D. Laitin: Stanford University

No 6122, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Anti-Muslim prejudice is widespread in Western countries. Yet, Muslims are expected to constitute a growing share of the total population in Western countries over the next decades. This paper predicts that this demographic trend will increase anti-Muslim prejudice. Relying on experimental games and a formal model, we show that the generosity of rooted French toward Muslims is significantly decreased with the increase of Muslims in their midst, and demonstrate that these results are driven by the activation of rooted French taste-based discrimination against Muslims when Muslim numbers increase. Our findings call for solutions to anti-Muslim prejudice in the West.

Keywords: discrimination; Islam; France; group salience; experimental economics; economic theory; group threat theory; intergroup contact theory (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A12 C90 D03 J15 J71 Z12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-dem and nep-exp
Date: 2011-11
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Published in: Annals of Economics and Statistics, 2016, 121-122, 121-160

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