Reducing Discrimination through Norms or Information: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Student Evaluations of Teaching

Boring, Anne and Philippe, Arnaud (2017) Reducing Discrimination through Norms or Information: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Student Evaluations of Teaching. IAST working paper, n. 17-72, Toulouse

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Abstract

We conduct a field experiment to assess the impact of two different interventions designed to reduce gender biases in student evaluations of teaching (SET). In the first intervention, students received a normative statement by email, essentially reminding them that they should not discriminate in SETs. In the second intervention, the normative statement was augmented with precise information on how other students in the exact same situation had discriminated against female teachers in the past. While the pure normative statement had no significant impact on SETs, the informative statement appears to have reduced gender biases against female teachers. This effect mainly comes from a change in male students’ evaluation of female teachers.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: November 2017
Place of Publication: Toulouse
JEL codes: C93 - Field Experiments
I23 - Higher Education Research Institutions
J71 - Discrimination
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
G- MATHEMATIQUES
D- SCIENCES POLITIQUES
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Toulouse 1 Capitole University
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 14:03
Last Modified: 30 May 2018 06:53
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:32204
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/25760

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