Reducing Sexual-Orientation Discrimination: Experimental Evidence from Basic Information Treatments

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Cevat Giray Aksoy

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; King’s College London; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Christopher S. Carpenter

Vanderbilt University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Ralph De Haas

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); KU Leuven

Mathias Dolls

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Lisa Windsteiger

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance

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Date Written: December 28, 2021

Abstract

We study basic information treatments regarding sexual orientation using randomized experiments in three countries with strong and widespread anti-gay attitudes: Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. Participants who received information about the economic costs to society of sexual-orientation discrimination were significantly more likely than those in a control group to support equal employment opportunities based on sexual orientation. Information that the World Health Organization (WHO) does not regard homosexuality as a mental illness increased social acceptance of sexual minorities, but only for those who reported trust in the WHO. Our results have important implications for policy makers aiming to expand the rights of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people worldwide.

Keywords: Sexual minorities, information treatments, discrimination, attitudes

JEL Classification: D91, J16, J71, O15

Suggested Citation

Aksoy, Cevat Giray and Carpenter, Christopher S. and De Haas, Ralph and Dolls, Mathias and Windsteiger, Lisa, Reducing Sexual-Orientation Discrimination: Experimental Evidence from Basic Information Treatments (December 28, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3995522 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3995522

Cevat Giray Aksoy

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