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Attention Discrimination: Theory and Field Experiments with Monitoring Information Acquisition (M. Bauer, V. Bartoš, J. Chytilová , F. Matějka)

Author(s): doc. PhDr. Michal Bauer Ph.D., Bartoš, Vojtěch; Matějka, Filip
doc. PhDr. Julie Chytilová Ph.D., Bartoš, Vojtěch; Matějka, Filip
Type: Articles in journals with impact factor
Year: 2016
Number: 0
ISSN / ISBN: 0002-8282
Published in: American Economic Review 106(6): 1437-75
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Grants: GAČR 13-20217S Using economic experiments to understand discrimination and inter-group cooperation
Abstract: We integrate tools to monitor information acquisition in field experiments on discrimination and examine whether gaps arise already when decision makers choose the effort level for reading an application. In both countries we study, negatively stereotyped minority names reduce employers' effort to inspect resumes. In contrast, minority names increase information acquisition in the rental housing market. Both results are consistent with a model of endogenous allocation of costly attention, which magnifies the role of prior beliefs and preferences beyond the one considered in standard models of discrimination. The findings have implications for magnitude of discrimination, returns to human capital and policy.
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