Types of Contact: A Field Experiment on Collaborative and Adversarial Caste Integration

94 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2020

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Matt Lowe

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Vancouver School of Economics

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

I estimate the effects of collaborative and adversarial intergroup contact. I randomly assigned Indian men from different castes to participate in cricket leagues or to serve as a control group. League players faced variation in collaborative contact, through random assignment to homogeneous-caste or mixed-caste teams, and adversarial contact, through random assignment of opponents. Collaborative contact increases cross-caste friendships and efficiency in trade, and reduces own-caste favoritism. In contrast, adversarial contact generally reduces cross-caste interaction and efficiency. League participation reduces intergroup differences, suggesting that the positive aspects of intergroup contact more than offset the negative aspects in this setting.

Keywords: contact hypothesis, caste, social interactions, India, field experiment

JEL Classification: C930, D900, D910, O120

Suggested Citation

Lowe, Matt, Types of Contact: A Field Experiment on Collaborative and Adversarial Caste Integration (2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3536734 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3536734

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