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Experimenting with affirmative action : the Coate and Loury model

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posted on 2008-09-01, 00:00 authored by Michael Kidd, P Carlin, J Pot
Coate and Loury (1993) suggest the impact of affirmative action on a negative stereotype is theoretically ambiguous leading to either: a benign equilibrium in which affirmative action eradicates the negative stereotype and leads to equal proportional representation of the two groups; or alternatively a patronising equilibrium in which the stereotype persists. The current paper examines this theoretical ambiguity within the context of a laboratory experiment. Although benign and patronising equilibria are equally plausible in theory, the laboratory experiments easily replicate most features of the benign equilibrium, but diverge from the theoretically predicted patronising equilibrium.

History

Journal

The economic record

Volume

84

Issue

266

Pagination

322 - 337

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia

Location

Milton, Qld

ISSN

0013-0249

eISSN

1475-4932

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, The Economic Society of Australia

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