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Title:What's in a name? Racial identity and altruism in post-apartheid South Africa
Authors:Van der Merwe, Wilhelm Gerhard
Burns, JustineISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Volume:76
Issue:2
Pages:266-275
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:group identity
race relations
economic behaviour
External link:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1813-6982.2008.00174.x/pdf
Abstract:The far-reaching social and institutional changes that have occurred in South Africa since the demise of apartheid provide a unique backdrop against which to examine the impact of social context, as revealed through racial identity, on individual willingness to redistribute resources. This paper reports the results of an economic experiment which was designed to test the effect of racial identity on generosity in a non-strategic setting. A sample of undergraduate university students was recruited to participate in a dictator game, where surnames of individuals were revealed to convey information about racial identity. Results indicate that compared to a set of control experiments where participant identity was kept anonymous, revealing racial identity has a significant and positive impact on the size of the offers made. However, while Black participants did not vary their offers based on the racial identity of their partners, White participants were more generous towards White partners than Black partners, exhibiting insider favouritism in their offers. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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