Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Lund University, Department of Economics

No 2000:3: What’s in a Name? - An ethnical discrimination experiment

Håkan Holm ()
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Håkan Holm: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Box 7082, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: This paper presents the results from an ethnical discrimination experiment that was conducted in one of Sweden’s most “problematic” cities with respect to the integration process of refugees. The subjects confronted three different bargaining games; one trust game, one social exclusion and coalition formation game; and one battle of the sexes game. No general discrimination effect was detected. However, one specific effect was that Non-Swedes were less likely to be chosen as bargaining partners in the coalition formation game. Another specific effect was found in the males’ trust and ultimatum responses; Non-Swedes had higher returns on being generous compared to Swedes.

Keywords: bargaining; ethnical discrimination; experiments

JEL-codes: C78; C91; J71

31 pages, First version: May 9, 2000. Revised: April 16, 2001.

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