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

85 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2018  

David Schindler

Tilburg University

Mark Westcott

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

Date Written: November 09, 2017

Abstract

Can attitudes towards minorities, an important cultural trait, be changed? We show that the presence of African American soldiers in the UK 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 the UK’s leading far-right party, less implicit bias against blacks and fewer individuals professing racial prejudice, all measured around 2010. We show that persistence has been higher in rural areas and areas with less subsequent in-migration.

JEL Classification: J170, N000, Z100

Suggested Citation

Schindler, David and Westcott, Mark, Shocking Racial Attitudes: Black G.I.s in Europe (November 09, 2017). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6723. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3098282

David Schindler

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Mark Westcott (Contact Author)

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

Kaulbachstrasse 45
München, 80539
Germany

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