Discrimination in Latin America: An Elephant in the Room?

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Alberto Chong

University of Ottawa

Hugo Ñopo

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: July 2007

Abstract

This paper surveys evidence on discrimination in Latin America and shows that there is a widespread perception of discrimination, especially against the poor, the uneducated and those who lack connections. The channels through which discrimination occurs may be built on the basis of economic factors. However, while perception surveys may be informative, they are less than ideal at helping pinpoint the extent and mechanisms related. Recent experimental evidence suggests little room for discriminatory practices in the region. This puzzle, where individuals perceive discrimination is in the air, but few act discriminatorily, is consistent with an explanation about stereotyping that vanishes when information flows operate well.

Suggested Citation

Chong, Alberto and Nopo, Hugo, Discrimination in Latin America: An Elephant in the Room? (July 2007). IDB Working Paper No. 516. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1820904 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1820904

Alberto Chong (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa ( email )

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Hugo Nopo

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20577
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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