Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

CAFO Working Papers,
Linnaeus University, Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO), School of Business and Economics

No 2006:9: What's in a Surname?

Ali M. Ahmed ()
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Ali M. Ahmed: Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO), Postal: Centre for Labour Market Policy Research (CAFO), Dept of Economics and Statistics, School of Management and Economics, Växjö University , SE 351 95 Växjö, Sweden

Abstract: This study examine possible incidence of discrimination against immigrants in Sweden in an experimental setting. Participants played the trust game and the dictator game with co-players with different ethnic affiliation. The family name of the players was exposed to their counterparts. Results for the trust game showed no discrimination against non-Swedish co-players. On the other hand, the dictator game experiment showed a statistically significant discriminatory behavior by men against co-players with non- European background. The discriminatory behavior was solely a male phenomenon.

Keywords: Discrimination; Experiment; Trust game; Dictator game

JEL-codes: C70; C90; J70

34 pages, September 15, 2006

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