Can Descriptive Representation Change Beliefs about a Stigmatized Group? Evidence from Rural India

  title={Can Descriptive Representation Change Beliefs about a Stigmatized Group? Evidence from Rural India},
  author={Simon Chauchard},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={403 - 422}
  • Simon Chauchard
  • Published 10 April 2014
  • Economics
  • American Political Science Review
Can descriptive representation for a stigmatized group change the beliefs and intentions of members of dominant groups? To address this question, I focus on quotas (reservations) that allow members of the scheduled castes to access key executive positions in India's village institutions. To measure the psychological effect of reservations, I combine a natural experiment with an innovative MP3-player-based self-administered survey that measures various beliefs and behavioral intentions. Results… 

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