The Price of Prejudice

Study Paper No. 32

By Morten Hedegaard, Jean-Robert Tyran

This study paper presents the results of an experiment in which a number of high school students with Danish and Muslim names were recruited to put letters in envelopes, paid on a piecework basis. They were instructed to work in pairs and could choose to work with a person of the same or a different ethnic origin as their own. They could earn more if they worked together with a person of a different ethnic background. How many would elect to discriminate according to ethnicity in such a situation?


56 pages

Publication Date: 10/14/2011
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9788790199531