How Does it Feel to Be Part of the Minority? Impacts of Perspective-Taking on Prosocial Behaviors

63 Pages Posted: 1 May 2021 Last revised: 18 Nov 2021

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Marisol Rodriguez Chatruc

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Sandra Rozo

University of Southern California - Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics; The Word Bank, Research Group

Abstract

Can online experiences that illustrate the perspective of the everyday life of a minority group improve behaviors of the dominant towards the minority group? We explore the case of natives and refugees by randomly assigning 850 natives to: i) an online game that immerses natives in the life decisions of refugees and ii) a real-life documentary about the migration process of refugees. Both treatments effectively improve altruism and reduce prejudice from natives towards migrants. The impacts of both treatments are not statistically different in any of the other outcomes that we examine.

JEL Classification: D72, F2, O15, R23

Suggested Citation

Rodriguez Chatruc, Marisol and Rozo, Sandra, How Does it Feel to Be Part of the Minority? Impacts of Perspective-Taking on Prosocial Behaviors. IZA Discussion Paper No. 14335, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3837755 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3837755

Marisol Rodriguez Chatruc (Contact Author)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

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Sandra Rozo

University of Southern California - Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90089-3333
United States

The Word Bank, Research Group ( email )

Malaysia

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