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Do attitudes expressed in surveys predict ethnic discrimination?
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. (Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5620-4745
Uppsala University.
2017 (English)In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, ISSN 0141-9870, E-ISSN 1466-4356, Vol. 40, no 10, 1739-1757 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Survey data on people’s reported attitudes towards ethnic minorities are sometimes used as a proxy for ethnic discrimination. However, there is weak empirical evidence of a link between reported attitudes and discrimination. In this article, we use survey data on people’s attitudes towards ethnic minorities combined with a direct measure of ethnic discrimination from a field experiment in the Swedish housing market to re-examine this policy-relevant issue. We find clear evidence of a link between reported attitudes towards ethnic minorities and the extent of ethnic discrimination: in regions where attitudes are more negative, there is more discrimination, and vice versa. Thus, in contrast to most prior studies, our results suggest that reported attitudes may be a useful predictor of ethnic discrimination.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 40, no 10, 1739-1757 p.
Keyword [en]
Attitudes, Ethnic discrimination, Housing market, Field experiments, Surveys, Racial prejudice
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Economics
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Economy, Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-59041DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1201580ISI: 000404348500008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-59041DiVA: diva2:1056889
Available from: 2016-12-15 Created: 2016-12-15 Last updated: 2017-07-20Bibliographically approved

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