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Title:"One Muslim is enough!" Evidence from a field experiment in France PDF Logo
Authors:Adida, Claire L.
Laitin, David D.
Valfort, Marie-Anne
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6122
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.
Subjects:discrimination
Islam
France
group salience
experimental economics
economic theory
group threat theory
intergroup contact theory
JEL:A12
C90
D03
J15
J71
Z12
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201111303547
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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