Revealing Stereotypes: Evidence from Immigrants in Schools

  title={Revealing Stereotypes: Evidence from Immigrants in Schools},
  author={Alberto F. Alesina and Michela Carlana and Eliana La Ferrara and Paolo Pinotti},
  journal={Labor: Demographics \& Economics of the Family eJournal},
If individuals become aware of their stereotypes, do they change their behavior? We study this question in the context of teachers' bias in grading immigrants and native children in middle schools. Teachers give lower grades to immigrant students compared to natives who have the same performance on standardized, blindly-graded tests. We then relate differences in grading to teachers' stereotypes, elicited through an Implicit Association Test (IAT). We find that math teachers with stronger… Expand
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1.1: Example of the screenshot of the tablet in the "order incompatible" task
    Distracted (Distratta), Demotivated (Demotivata), Insufficient (Scarsa) of the language 5. No information about educational and occupational careers 6
    • Disrespectful (Irrispettosa), Slow (Tarda), Incapable (Incapace), Boisterous (Irrequieta)
    Do you agree or disagree with the following statements? When jobs are scarce, employers should give priority to Italian people over immigrants
      Good (Brava): Prepared (Preparata), Intelligent (Intelligente), Capable (Capace)
      • • IAT with female names of immigrants and natives 1. Immigrant (Immigrata): Fatima, Naila, Adina, Iryna, Jiaxin, Beatriz 2. Italian (Italiana): Valentina
      Good (Bravo): Prepared (Preparato), Intelligent (Intelligente), Capable (Capace)
      • Studious (Studioso), Able (Abile), Precise (Attento)