Interaction, Stereotypes, and Performance: Evidence from South Africa

Lucia Corno*, Eliana La Ferrara*, Justine Burns*

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

Risultato della ricerca: Contributo in rivistaArticolo in rivista

Abstract

We exploit a policy designed to randomly allocate roommates in a large South African university to investigate whether interracial interaction affects stereotypes, attitudes and performance. Using implicit association tests, we find that living with a roommate of a different race reduces White students' negative stereotypes towards Black students and increases interracial friendships. Interaction also affects academic outcomes: Black students improve their GPA, pass more exams and have lower dropout rates. This effect is not driven by roommate's ability. (JEL D91, I23, J15, O12)
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)3848-3875
Numero di pagine28
RivistaTHE AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIEW
Volume112
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2022

Keywords

  • Stereotypes, Performance, South Africa

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