Expanding Discrimination Research: Moving Beyond Ethnicity and to the Web

USC CLEO Research Paper No. C03-2

USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 03-5

Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 85, pp. 717-730, September 2004

30 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2003

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Timur Kuran

Duke University - Department of Economics

Edward J. McCaffery

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Abstract

This article aims to expand research about perceptions of discrimination both substantively and methodologically: beyond the domains of race and ethnicity, and relying partly on Web-based surveys. Methods. Parallel surveys were conducted over the telephone and the World-Wide Web, using standard random-digit dial (RDD) techniques for the former, and a large volunteer panel for the latter. Results. Both modes, phone and Web, revealed that respondents consider discrimination based on physical appearance and economic status to be more prevalent than discrimination based on ethnicity. Respondents also reported that they themselves have been victimized more by physical appearance and economic status discrimination than by ethnic discrimination. Significant differences emerged between the phone and Web respondent pools, even after controlling for such independent variables as age, race, education level, and gender. The findings suggest that people are more willing to reveal knowledge about controversial social phenomena on the Web than on the phone. World-Wide Web, internet, phone survey, knowledge falsification, social desirability bias, selection bias

Keywords: Discrimination, ethnicity, physical appearance, beauty, economic inequality, public opinion, mode effect,

JEL Classification: J70, M5, D63, D72

Suggested Citation

Kuran, Timur and McCaffery, Edward J., Expanding Discrimination Research: Moving Beyond Ethnicity and to the Web. USC CLEO Research Paper No. C03-2; USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 03-5; Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 85, pp. 717-730, September 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=383001 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.383001

Timur Kuran (Contact Author)

Duke University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Box 90097
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States

Edward J. McCaffery

University of Southern California Gould School of Law ( email )

699 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States
213-740-2567 (Phone)
213-740-5502 (Fax)

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