Cooperative versus competitive interactions and in-group bias

Xue Xu*, Jan Potters, Sigrid Suetens

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We study the effect of interpersonal but impersonal interactions on in-group bias in allocational choices. Before the elicitation of the choices, individuals either engage in a cooperative or competitive interaction, or in no interaction at all. We find that a cooperative interaction eliminates any in-group bias as compared to the case where there is no interaction, and even introduces relatively more pro-sociality with respect to out-group. A competitive interaction reduces pro-sociality in general, irrespective of whether others are in- or out-group. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-79
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior & Organization
Volume179
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • In-group bias
  • Interactions
  • Allocational choices
  • Laboratory experiment
  • INTERGROUP CONTACT
  • SOCIAL CATEGORIZATION
  • IDENTITY
  • ATTITUDES
  • DISTANCE
  • EMPATHY

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