Ethnic discrimination: Lessons from the Israeli online market for used cars

Asaf Zussman*

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Abstract

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.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)F433-F468
JournalEconomic Journal
Volume123
Issue number572
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

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