Harvard Kennedy School
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Cambridge, MA 02138
Institutional Affiliations: Harvard University and IZA
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|December 2018||Revealing Stereotypes: Evidence from Immigrants in Schools|
with Alberto Alesina, Eliana La Ferrara, Paolo Pinotti: w25333
If individuals become aware of their stereotypes, do they change their behavior? We study this question in the context of teachers’ bias in grading immigrants and native children in middle schools. Teachers give lower grades to immigrant students compared to natives who have the same performance on standardized, blindly-graded tests. We then relate differences in grading to teachers’ stereotypes, elicited through an Implicit Association Test (IAT). We find that math teachers with stronger stereotypes give lower grades to immigrants compared to natives with the same performance. Literature teachers do not differentially grade immigrants based on their own stereotypes. Finally, we share teachers’ own IAT score with them, randomizing the timing of disclosure around the date on which they assi...