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Sex Differences in the Acceptability of Discrimination


Timur Kuran


Duke University - Department of Economics

Edward J. McCaffery


USC Gould School of Law

April 30, 2007

USC CLEO Research Paper No. C05-7
USC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-17

Abstract:     
A large telephone survey conducted after the attacks of September 11 suggests that the willingness to tolerate discrimination varies significantly across domains, with a very high tolerance of discrimination against poorly educated immigrants and a strikingly low tolerance of discrimination against the genetically disadvantaged. Regardless of domain, tolerance is greater among men than among women. A survey conducted simultaneously over the World-Wide Web, using volunteer panels, replicated the phone survey results and revealed an even larger sex gap. This finding suggests that a social desirability bias leads women to overstate and men to understate their tolerance of discrimination in public.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: Discrimination, sex differences, surveys, public opinion, social desirability bias

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Date posted: July 28, 2005  

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Kuran, Timur and McCaffery, Edward J., Sex Differences in the Acceptability of Discrimination (April 30, 2007). USC CLEO Research Paper No. C05-7; USC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-17. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=771640 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.771640

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Timur Kuran (Contact Author)
Duke University - Department of Economics ( email )
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States
Edward J. McCaffery
USC Gould School of Law ( email )
699 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States
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