Trust, ethnic diversity, and personal contact: A field experiment

Author
Finseraas, Henning
Hanson, Torbjørn
Johnsen, Åshild Auglænd
Kotsadam, Andreas
Torsvik, Gaute
Date Issued
2019-03-22
Keywords
Integrering
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http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/93179
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12242/2629
DOI
10.1016/j.jpubeco.2019.02.002
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Articles
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Finseraas, Henning; Hanson, Torbjørn; Johnsen, Åshild Auglænd; Kotsadam, Andreas; Torsvik, Gaute. Trust, ethnic diversity, and personal contact: A field experiment. Journal of Public Economics 2019 ;Volum 173. s. 72-84 FFI FRISCH ISF UiO NMBU
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Abstract
We study how close personal contact with minorities affects in-group and out-group trust in a field experiment in the armed forces. Soldiers are randomly assigned to rooms with or without ethnic minorities. At the end of the recruit period, we measure trust by using a trust game. Results indicate that close personal contact with minorities increases trust towards a generic immigrant. We replicate the result that individuals coming from more ethnically diverse areas trust minorities less, but random assignment to interact with minority soldiers removes this negative correlation. We conclude that social integration involving personal contact can reduce negative effects of ethnic diversity on trust.
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