Experimenting with affirmative action : the Coate and Loury Model

Kidd, Michael Paul, Carlin, Paul, & Pot, Jonathan (2008) Experimenting with affirmative action : the Coate and Loury Model. The Economic Record, 84(266), pp. 322-337.

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Coate and Loury (1993) suggest the impact of affirmative action on a negative stereotype is theoretically ambiguous leading to either: a benign equilibrium in which affirmative action eradicates the negative stereotype and leads to equal proportional representation of the two groups; or alternatively a patronising equilibrium in which the stereotype persists. The current paper examines this theoretical ambiguity within the context of a laboratory experiment. Although benign and patronising equilibria are equally plausible in theory, the laboratory experiments easily replicate most features of the benign equilibrium, but diverge from the theoretically predicted patronising equilibrium.

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ID Code: 54028
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Coate and Loury, Affirmative action, Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act
DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4932.2008.00494.x
ISSN: 1475-4932
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2012 22:46
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2012 02:01

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