Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 1480: Type 1 Diabetes and Youth Sports in Sweden: A Field Experiment on Discrimination

Ali Ahmed and Mats Hammarstedt ()
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Ali Ahmed: Linköping University, Postal: and the Ratio Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Mats Hammarstedt: Linnaeus University, Postal: and Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: This study evaluated discrimination against children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) in Swedish sports clubs through a field experiment. Two fictitious fathers sent emails to 193 top-division clubs in football, floorball, ice hockey, and handball, one disclosing his son’s T1DM condition. The investigation focused on disparities in clubs’ responses and information provided. Results indicated no significant difference in positive or comprehensive responses between emails mentioning T1DM and those that did not, suggesting minimal bias at initial contact and an inclusive approach by the clubs towards children with T1DM.

Keywords: Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus; Discrimination; Sports clubs; Field experiment

JEL-codes: J14; J71

Language: English

10 pages, December 4, 2023

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