(Anticipated) Discrimination against Sexual Minorities in Prosocial Domains

63 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2021

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Billur Aksoy

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ian Chadd

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Boon Han Koh

University of East Anglia (UEA) - School of Economics

Date Written: August 11, 2021

Abstract

We study discrimination in prosocial domains against sexual minorities using a sharing (dictator) game in an online experiment, where these individuals have the opportunity to signal their identity. We find that political affiliations matter: Republican heterosexual individuals are less generous to others who are perceived to be sexual minorities, while their Democratic counterparts are slightly more generous. This is robust to alternative specifications and cannot be explained by perceptions about the recipient's political leaning. Moreover, women, but not men, are less likely to signal their sexual minority status when they are aware of the potential payoff implications of their decisions.

Keywords: taste-based discrimination, identity, LGBTQ+, political preferences, gender

JEL Classification: C90, D90, J16

Suggested Citation

Aksoy, Billur and Chadd, Ian and Koh, Boon Han, (Anticipated) Discrimination against Sexual Minorities in Prosocial Domains (August 11, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3903425 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3903425

Billur Aksoy

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ( email )

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Ian Chadd

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) ( email )

Troy, NY 12180
United States

Boon Han Koh (Contact Author)

University of East Anglia (UEA) - School of Economics ( email )

3.06, Registry
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

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