36 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2005
Date Written: April 30, 2007
A large telephone survey conducted after the attacks of September 11 suggests that the willingness to tolerate discrimination varies significantly across domains, with a very high tolerance of discrimination against poorly educated immigrants and a strikingly low tolerance of discrimination against the genetically disadvantaged. Regardless of domain, tolerance is greater among men than among women. A survey conducted simultaneously over the World-Wide Web, using volunteer panels, replicated the phone survey results and revealed an even larger sex gap. This finding suggests that a social desirability bias leads women to overstate and men to understate their tolerance of discrimination in public.
Keywords: Discrimination, sex differences, surveys, public opinion, social desirability bias
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Kuran, Timur and McCaffery, Edward J., Sex Differences in the Acceptability of Discrimination (April 30, 2007). USC CLEO Research Paper No. C05-7; USC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=771640 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.771640