Hannah Schildberg-Hörisch (U Düsseldorf) is presenting at the VCEE Seminar

Hannah Schildberg-Hörisch talks about "Perceived fairness and consequences of affirmative action policies" on Oct 15, 2021 at 10.30am.

 „Perceived fairness and consequences of affirmative action policies“,

Debates about affirmative action often revolve around fairness. Accordingly, we document substantial heterogeneity in the fairness perception of various affirmative action policies. But do these differences translate into different consequences? In a laboratory experiment, we study three different quota rules that favor individuals whose performance is low, either due to discrimination, low productivity, or choice of a short working time. Affirmative action favoring discriminated individuals is perceived as fairest, followed by that targeting individuals with a short working time, while favoring low productivity individuals is not perceived as fairer than an absence of affirmative action. Higher fairness perceptions coincide with a higher willingness to compete and less retaliation against winners. No policy harms overall efficiency or post-competition teamwork. Furthermore, individuals seem to internalize the norm behind the policies that are perceived as fairest. Thus, overall fairness perceptions matter for the consequences of affirmative action.