Video abstract: The relationship between conservatism and ethnic discrimination in the housing market

I created a short video abstract for our paper on the relationship between conservatism and ethnic discrimination in the housing market. We combine a large-scale field experiment with data from referendums and popular initiatives to show that the distinction between economic and social conservatism has real implications.

Lacroix, Julie, Didier Ruedin, and Eva Zschirnt. 2022. “Discrimination Driven by Variation in Local Conservatism: Evidence from a Nationwide Field Experiment.” European Sociological Review. doi: 10.1093/esr/jcac051.

Discrimination driven by variation in social and economic conservatism: evidence from a nationwide field experiment

2022 European Sociological Review ·

Lacroix, Julie, Didier Ruedin, and Eva Zschirnt. 2022. “Discrimination Driven by Variation in Local Conservatism: Evidence from a Nationwide Field Experiment.” European Sociological Review. doi: 10.1093/esr/jcac051.

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Out now: How one gesture curbed ethnic discrimination

Can a single gesture really reduce ethnic discrimination in the housing market? In very specific situations, it does indeed appear so! In an article out now at the European Journal of Political Research, jointly with Daniel Auer, we combine a natural experiment with a controlled field experiment to show that after the controversial double-headed Eagle gesture by Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Stephan Lichtsteiner led to lower levels of discrimination in the Swiss housing market for at least 3 months — that’s when our observations end.

We discuss the enormous attention the gesture got, but also what made the situation so special: a discussion of double loyalties, immigrant integration, etc. in a positive context. While research has focused on the drivers of exclusion and discrimination, here we hope to contribute something that helps us understand how to counter these negative factors.

Auer, Daniel, and Didier Ruedin. 2022. ‘How One Gesture Curbed Ethnic Discrimination’. European Journal of Political Research. DOI: 10.1111/1475-6765.12547

Switching the default to advertise part-time working boosts applications from women by 16%

Straight from the excellent The Behavioural Insights Team:

They experimentally modified job adverts — “switched the default, so that all new vacancies would be advertised as available for part-time work, or as a job-share, in addition to full-time”

What do you get? “significant increase of 16.4% in the proportion of female applicants”

Full blog post and report: https://www.bi.team/blogs/switching-the-default-to-advertise-part-time-working-boosts-applications-from-women-by-16/