Revealing stereotypes : evidence from immigrants in schools / Alberto Alesina (Harvard University, IGIER Bocconi University, NBER and CEPR), Michela Carlana (Harvard Kennedy School and IZA), Eliana La Ferrara (IGIER and LEAP, Bocconi University), Paolo Pinotti (Bocconi University, DONDENA and Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserAlesina, Alberto In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Carlana, Michela In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; La Ferrara, Eliana In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Pinotti, Paolo
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, November 2018
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11981
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-174279 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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Zusammenfassung (Englisch)

If individuals become aware of their stereotypes, do they change their behavior? We study this question in the context of teachers bias in grading immigrants and native children in middle schools. Teachers give lower grades to immigrant students compared to natives who have the same performance on standardized, blindly-graded tests. We then relate differences in grading to teachers' stereotypes, elicited through an Implicit Association Test (IAT). We find that math teachers with stronger stereotypes give lower grades to immigrants compared to natives with the same performance. Literature teachers do not differentially grade immigrants based on their own stereotypes. Finally, we share teachers own IAT score with them, randomizing the timing of disclosure around the date on which they assign term grades. All teachers informed of their stereotypes before term grading increase grades assigned to immigrants. Revealing stereotypes may be a powerful intervention to decrease discrimination, but it may also induce a reaction from individuals who were not acting in a biased way.