Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/123507
Authors: 
Gu, Jun
Mueller, Annika
Nielsen, Ingrid
Shachat, Jason
Smyth, Russell
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Duisburger Arbeitspapiere Ostasienwissenschaften 105/2015
Abstract: 
We examine the ability of intergroup contact to ameliorate the effect of in-group bias on economic outcomes. Specifically, we employ randomized experiments to test whether actual and imagined contact is effective in reducing prejudice between indigenous Malawian shopkeepers (in-group), and their Chinese immigrant counterparts (out-group), and test the stability of these changes over time. We find differing results with actual contact. Local Malawians´ attitude towards Chinese migrants did not improve, but their willingness to spend time did. In contrast, actual contact spurred improvement in the Chinese migrants´ attitude toward local Malawians, but did not increase their willingness to spend time with them. These effects persisted over a time period of at least ten days. Imagined contact had no impact on Malawians´ attitude or behavioral intention with respect to Chinese migrants
Subjects: 
Chinese migrants in Africa
actual contact
imagined contact
prejudice
field experiment
JEL: 
C93
J15
O19
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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