Does poverty undermine cooperation in multiethnic settings? Evidence from a cooperative investment experiment


Schaub, Max ; Gereke, Johanna ; Baldassarri, Delia



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/XPS.2019.19
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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2020
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Experimental Political Science : JEPS
Volume: 7
Issue number: 1
Page range: 27-40
Place of publication: Cambridge
Publishing house: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 2052-2630 , 2052-2649
Related URLs: https://doi.org/10.1017/XPS.2019.30
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: What undermines cooperation in ethnically diverse communities? Scholars have focused on factors that explain the lack of inter-ethnic cooperation, such as prejudice or the difficulty to communicate and sanction across group boundaries. We direct attention to the fact that diverse communities are also often poor and ask whether poverty, rather than diversity, reduces cooperation. We developed a strategic cooperation game where we vary the income and racial identity of the interaction partner. We find that beliefs about how poor people behave have clear detrimental effects on cooperation: cooperation is lower when people are paired with low-income partners, and the effect is particularly strong when low-income people interact among themselves. We observe additional discrimination along racial lines when the interaction partner is poor. These findings imply that poverty and rising inequality may be a serious threat to social cohesion, especially under conditions of high socioeconomic segregation.
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Schaub, Max ; Gereke, Johanna ; Baldassarri, Delia (2020) Does poverty undermine cooperation in multiethnic settings? Evidence from a cooperative investment experiment. Journal of Experimental Political Science : JEPS Cambridge 7 1 27-40 [Article]


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