(Anticipated) Discrimination against Sexual Minorities in Prosocial Domains
63 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2021
Date Written: August 11, 2021
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
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