Discrimination, Narratives and Family History: An Experiment with Jordanian Host and Syrian Refugee Children

25 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2020

See all articles by Kai Barron

Kai Barron

WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Heike Harmgart

Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin

Steffen Huck

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)

Sebastian O. Schneider

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Matthias Sutter

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Multiple version iconThere are 3 versions of this paper

Date Written: June 11, 2020

Abstract

We measure the prevalence of discrimination between Jordanian host and Syrian refugee children attending school in Jordan. Using a simple sharing experiment, we find only little discrimination. Among the Jordanian children, however, we see that those who descended from Palestinian refugees do not discriminate at all, suggesting that a family history of refugee status can generate solidarity with new refugees. We also find that parents’ narratives about the refugee crisis are correlated with the degree of discrimination, suggesting that discriminatory preferences are being transmitted through parental attitudes.

Keywords: Discrimination, refugees, children, experiment, integration

JEL Classification: C91, D90, J15, C93, J13

Suggested Citation

Barron, Kai and Harmgart, Heike and Huck, Steffen and Schneider, Sebastian O. and Sutter, Matthias, Discrimination, Narratives and Family History: An Experiment with Jordanian Host and Syrian Refugee Children (June 11, 2020). EBRD Working Paper No. 244, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3625196 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3625196

Kai Barron (Contact Author)

WZB Berlin Social Science Center ( email )

Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin, 10785
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://sites.google.com/site/kaibarron/

Heike Harmgart

Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin ( email )

Unter den Linden 6
D-10178 Berlin, AK 10099
Germany

Steffen Huck

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB) ( email )

Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin, 10785
Germany

Sebastian O. Schneider

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods ( email )

Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 10
D-53113 Bonn, 53113
Germany

Matthias Sutter

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods ( email )

Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 10
D-53113 Bonn, 53113
Germany

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
12
Abstract Views
215
PlumX Metrics