Help, Prejudice and Headscarves

33 Pages Posted: 2 May 2018

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Luis Artavia-Mora

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Arjun S. Bedi

Erasmus University Rotterdam - International Institute of Social Studies; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Matthias Rieger

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Abstract

This paper employs a natural field experiment in the Netherlands to test whether individuals intuitively help strangers with different group identities. We implement time manipulations in an everyday task to stimulate intuitive versus deliberate decision-making and thereafter examine helpfulness towards a female stranger with in-group (native) or out-group (Muslim) appearance. We find that time delay decreases helping rates. In contrast, regardless of time manipulation, out-group appearance does not influence helping rates. Overall, subjects are intuitively predisposed to help, independent of identity. We discuss our findings with respect to the literature on in-group favoritism and the cognitive origins of human cooperation.

Keywords: help, cooperation, in-group favoritism, Muslim, dual-process of cognition, natural field experiment, The Netherlands

JEL Classification: D03, D63, D64

Suggested Citation

Artavia-Mora, Luis and Bedi, Arjun S. and Rieger, Matthias, Help, Prejudice and Headscarves. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11460. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3170249

Luis Artavia-Mora (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Social Studies (ISS) ( email )

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Arjun S. Bedi

Erasmus University Rotterdam - International Institute of Social Studies ( email )

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Matthias Rieger

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

PO Box 29776
Den Haag, 2518 AX
Netherlands

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