Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Should we be worried about discrimination based on party affiliation?

Via MarginalRevolution:
In the marketplace, consumers are much more likely—almost two times as likely—to engage in a transaction when their partisanship matches that of the seller. In our survey experiment, three quarters of all subjects forego a higher monetary payment to avoid helping the other party.

Original paper suggests that partisan affiliation is a strong potential source of discrimination:
To date, few social norms are in place to constrain it, as they are with respect to unequal treatment along other social divides (e.g., race and gender). Our analysis suggests that partisan-based discrimination may occur even in the most basic economic settings, and as such should be the subject of more systematic scrutiny.

1 comment:

  1. I personally believe you do have to worry about discrimination based on party affiliation. People will find a way to discriminate against you no matter what, whether it be race or gender. But with the recent election, I feel like this is at an all time high because of how much the democrats hate Trump and the all of the backlash from protestors, etc. In 2008, there was a poll asking Democrats and Republicans whether they would be pleased, displeased, or unmoved if their son or daughter married a member of the other political party. 27% of Republicans and 20% of Democrats said they would be upset if their son or daughter married a member of the opposite party. This number is up by nearly 22% for Republicans and 16% for Democrats from 1960. 2010 the poll was taken again. Republicans responded with 49% being upset at their kids and 33% for Democrats. If this is within a family, imagine at the workplace. People will hate anything and will use this as just another way to find something wrong with someone.