Beliefs About Racial Discrimination and Support for Pro-Black Policies

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Ingar Haaland

NHH Norwegian School of Economics

Christopher Roth

briq- Institute on Behavior & Inequality

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Date Written: February 5, 2019

Abstract

We examine whether beliefs about racial discrimination causally affect support for pro-black policies. Using representative samples of Americans, we elicit quantitative and incentivized beliefs about the extent of labor market discrimination against blacks. 55 percent overestimate the extent of discrimination against blacks, and Republicans are 19 percentage points less likely than Democrats to overestimate discrimination. An information treatment substantially narrows Republican–Democrat differences in beliefs, but fails to narrow differences in political behavior. Overall, the results demonstrate that correcting biases in beliefs about the extent of racial discrimination is not sufficient to reduce political polarization in support for pro-black policies.

Keywords: Racial discrimination, Beliefs, Pro-black Policies, Policy Preferences

JEL Classification: C91, D83, J71, J15

Suggested Citation

Haaland, Ingar and Roth, Christopher, Beliefs About Racial Discrimination and Support for Pro-Black Policies (February 5, 2019). NHH Dept. of Economics Discussion Paper No. 02/2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3334961 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3334961

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Christopher Roth

briq- Institute on Behavior & Inequality ( email )

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Bonn, 53113
Germany

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