The Inelastic Demand for Affirmative Action

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dc.contributor.authorGetik, Demid-
dc.contributor.authorIslam, Marco-
dc.contributor.authorSamahita, Margaret-
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-31T12:06:24Z-
dc.date.available2021-05-31T12:06:24Z-
dc.date.copyright2021 the Authorsen_US
dc.date.issued2021-05-
dc.identifier.other202112-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/12226-
dc.description.abstractWe study the origins of support for gender-related affirmative action (AA) in two pre-registered online experiments (N = 1, 700). Participants act as employers who decide whether to use AA in hiring job candidates. We implement three treatments to disentangle the preference for AA stemming from i) perceived gender differences in productivity, ii) beliefs about AA effects on productivity, or iii) other non-material motives. To test i), we provide information to employers that there is no gender gap in productivity. To test ii), we inform the candidates about the hiring rule ex-ante, allowing us to observe how AA is expected to affect productivity. To test iii), we remove the payment to the employers based on the chosen candidates’ productivity, thus making AA cheaper. We do not find significant differences in AA support across treatments, despite successfully altering beliefs about expected productivity differences. Our results suggest that AA choice reflects a more intrinsic and inelastic preference for advancing female candidates.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity College Dublin. School of Economicsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Seriesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWP2021/12en_US
dc.subjectAffirmative actionen_US
dc.subjectBeliefsen_US
dc.subjectGenderen_US
dc.subjectInformationen_US
dc.subjectInstitutionen_US
dc.subject.classificationC91en_US
dc.subject.classificationD02en_US
dc.subject.classificationD83en_US
dc.subject.classificationJ38en_US
dc.subject.classificationJ71en_US
dc.titleThe Inelastic Demand for Affirmative Actionen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.statusNot peer revieweden_US
dc.identifier.startpage1en_US
dc.identifier.endpage47en_US
dc.neeo.contributorGetik|Demid|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorIslam|Marco|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorSamahita|Margaret|aut|-
dc.description.othersponsorshipCentre for Economic Demography at Lund Universityen_US
dc.description.othersponsorshipInstitute of Economic Research at Lund Universityen_US
dc.description.othersponsorshipJan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundationen_US
dc.description.othersponsorshipRoyal Swedish Academy of Sciencesen_US
dc.rights.licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/en_US
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