Nov 28, 2013

Ethnic Discrimination: Lessons from the Israeli Online Market for Used Cars

Using a combination of randomised field experiments, follow-up telephone surveys and other data collection efforts, this article studies the extent and the sources of ethnic discrimination in the Israeli online market for used cars. We find robust evidence of discrimination against Arab buyers and sellers which, the analysis suggests, is motivated by ‘statistical’ rather than ‘taste’ considerations. We additionally find that Arab sellers manipulate their ethnic identity in the market by leaving the name field in their advertisements blank.
The abstract is from this paper (The Economic Journal, November 2013) by Asaf Zussman. Alas I did not find the an ungated version of the paper.  

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