Statistical Discrimination or Prejudice? A Large Sample Field Experiment

@article{Ewens2014StatisticalDO,
  title={Statistical Discrimination or Prejudice? A Large Sample Field Experiment},
  author={Michael Ewens and Bryan A Tomlin and Liang Choon Wang},
  journal={Review of Economics and Statistics},
  year={2014},
  volume={96},
  pages={119-134}
}
A model of racial discrimination provides testable implications for two features of statistical discriminators: differential treatment of signals by race and heterogeneous experience that shapes perception. We construct an experiment in the U.S. rental apartment market that distinguishes statistical discrimination from taste-based discrimination. Responses from over 14,000 rental inquiries with varying applicant quality show that landlords treat identical information from applicants with… CONTINUE READING
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