Shocking Racial Attitudes: Black G.I.s in Europe

101 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2020

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David Schindler

Tilburg University

Mark Westcott

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) - Munich Graduate School of Economics (MGSE)

Date Written: May 24, 2020

Abstract

Can attitudes towards minorities, an important cultural trait, be changed? We show that the presence of African American soldiers in the U.K. during World War II reduced anti-minority prejudice, a result of the positive interactions which took place between soldiers and the local population. The change has been persistent: in locations in which more African American soldiers were posted there are fewer members of and voters for the U.K.’s leading far-right party, less implicit bias against blacks and fewer individuals professing racial prejudice, allmeasured around 2010. Our results point towards intergenerational transmission from parents to children as the most likely explanation.

JEL Classification: J170, N000, Z100

Suggested Citation

Schindler, David and Westcott, Mark, Shocking Racial Attitudes: Black G.I.s in Europe (May 24, 2020). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6723, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3098282 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3098282

David Schindler

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Mark Westcott (Contact Author)

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) - Munich Graduate School of Economics (MGSE) ( email )

Kaulbachstrasse 45
München, 80539
Germany

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