Talk: Alex Imas

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

421 Williams Hall

Alex Imas

Assistant Professor

Economics in Social and Decision Sciences

Carnegie Mellon University


Title: The Dynamics of Discrimination: Theory and Evidence

Abstract: We model the dynamics of discrimination and show how its evolution can identify the underlying cause. We test these theoretical predictions in a field experiment on a large online platform where users post content that is evaluated by other users on the platform. We assign posts to accounts that exogenously vary by gender and history of evaluations. With no prior evaluations, women face significant discrimination, while following a sequence of positive evaluations, the direction of discrimination reverses: posts by women are favored over those by men. According to our theoretical predictions, this dynamic reversal implies discrimination driven by biased beliefs