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Estimating perceptions of discrimination: experimental economics in schools

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We put forward a new experimental economics design with monetary incentives to estimate people’s perceptions of discrimination in a variety of contexts. We apply the design to estimate students’ perceptions of teachers: Students were given an endowment to bet on their own performance on a written verbal test, either when assessed non anonymously by their teacher, in a random half of the classroom, or when assessed anonymously by an external examiner. 1,200 British students in grade 8 classrooms across 29 schools took part. Female students invested more when assessed by a male teacher, and male students invested less when assessed by a female teacher. Interestingly, female students’ perceptions are not in line with actual discrimination: Teachers tend to give better grades to students of their own gender. Ethnicity and socioeconomic status did not play a role and do not explain the gender effect.

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http://flora.insead.edu/fichiersti_wp/inseadwp2011/2011-34.pdf

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