Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80972
Authors: 
Kolstad, Ivar
Wiig, Arne
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2012/45
Abstract: 
A number of studies document an in-group bias in social dilemma situations. While group structure and dynamics are important in shaping in-group favouritism, less attention has been paid to individual characteristics affecting favouritism. Using data from dictator games conducted among 523 microcredit clients in Angola, this paper analyzes the effect of education on in-group favouritism. When addressing the endogeneity of education, we find that education increases in-group bias. This goes against the conventional view that education broadens the perspectives of an individual. In addition, our results suggest that in-group favouritism is related to gender, family background and access to particular forms of networks.
Subjects: 
in-group favouritism
parochialism
field experiment
social preferences
microcredit
JEL: 
C72
C93
D03
O12
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-508-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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