Searching for Religious Discrimination Among Anganwadi Workers in India: An Experimental Investigation

25 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2016

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Utteeyo Dasgupta

Wagner College-Department of Economics

Subha Mani

Fordham University - Fordham College at Rose Hill

Prakarsh Singh

Amherst College - Department of Economics

Abstract

This paper examines whether, in India, discriminatory practices by government-employed child caregivers along religious lines, lead to differential health outcomes among the care receiving children. Child caregivers participate in a novel allocation game where we incorporate treatments to disentangle statistical and taste-based discrimination. Our findings find no evidence of taste-based discrimination or statistical discrimination among the child caregivers. We also weigh-in on the usefulness of non-incentivized experiments in discrimination experiments.

Keywords: artefactual field experiment, discrimination, health, allocation game, India, religion

JEL Classification: C9, D3, I1, O1

Suggested Citation

Dasgupta, Utteeyo and Mani, Subha and Singh, Prakarsh, Searching for Religious Discrimination Among Anganwadi Workers in India: An Experimental Investigation. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10048. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2810459

Utteeyo Dasgupta (Contact Author)

Wagner College-Department of Economics ( email )

Staten Island, NY 10301
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/utteeyodasgupta/

Subha Mani

Fordham University - Fordham College at Rose Hill ( email )

United States

Prakarsh Singh

Amherst College - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
United States
413-542-2271 (Phone)

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