[VCEE Seminar] VCEE Seminar 15.10.2021

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Dear members and friends of the VCEE,


You are invited to attend the VCEE seminar on Friday, Oct 15, 2021, from
10:30 to 12:00 hrs Vienna time. The seminar takes place in Lecture Hall 3

Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 (no streaming).


We will have one speaker: Hannah Schildberg-Hörisch (U Düsseldorf)


Here is more information about the talk:


Title: „Perceived fairness and consequences of affirmative action policies“,
der Abstract:

Debates about affirmative action often revolve around fairness. Accordingly,
we document substantial heterogeneity in the fairness perception of various
affirmative action policies. But do these differences translate into
different consequences? In a laboratory experiment, we study three different
quota rules that favor individuals whose performance is low, either due to
discrimination, low productivity, or choice of a short working time.
Affirmative action favoring discriminated individuals is perceived as
fairest, followed by that targeting individuals with a short working time,
while favoring low productivity individuals is not perceived as fairer than
an absence of affirmative action. Higher fairness perceptions coincide with
a higher willingness to compete and less retaliation against winners. No
policy harms overall efficiency or post-competition teamwork. Furthermore,
individuals seem to internalize the norm behind the policies that are
perceived as fairest. Thus, overall fairness perceptions matter for the
consequences of affirmative action.


If you are interested in meeting Hannah Schildberg-Hörisch after the seminar
(meeting slots of 30’ , room no 05.330  please register via this






Wieland Müller
Professor of Economics
University of Vienna & VCEE
Tilburg University, CentER & TILEC


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