Reducing Discrimination in the Field: Evidence from an Awareness Raising Intervention Targeting Gender Biases in Student Evaluations of Teaching

Anne Boring, A Philippe

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a field experiment designed to reduce gender discrimination in student evaluations of teaching (SET). In the first intervention, students receive a normative statement reminding them that they should not discriminate in SETs. In the second intervention, the normative statement includes precise information about how other students (especially male students) have discriminated against female teachers in previous years. The purely normative statement has no significant impact on SET overall satisfaction scores, suggesting that a blanket awareness-raising campaign may be inefficient to reduce discrimination. However, the informational statement appears to significantly reduce gender discrimination. The effect we find mainly comes from a change in male students’ evaluation of female teachers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104323
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Volume193
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful for the helpful comments and suggestions by Mich?le Belot, Robert Dur, Mathilde Guergoat-Larivi?re, Nagore Iriberri, participants of the AFSEE, EALE, Advances with Field Experiments conferences, Milan Labour Lunch Seminar, and 2018 Field Days conference, as well as Bank of Spain, CREST, IAST, University of Bristol, Erasmus School of Economics, International Institute of Social Studies, George Mason University, Paris Business School, National University of Singapore and Paris School of Economics seminar participants. The authors would also like to thank the anonymous referees who provided very helpful suggestions, as well as St?phane Auzanneau for his crucial help collecting the data. This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Program for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 612413. Support through the ANR Labex IAST is gratefully acknowledged.

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful for the helpful comments and suggestions by Michèle Belot, Robert Dur, Mathilde Guergoat-Larivière, Nagore Iriberri, participants of the AFSEE, EALE, Advances with Field Experiments conferences, Milan Labour Lunch Seminar, and 2018 Field Days conference, as well as Bank of Spain, CREST, IAST, University of Bristol, Erasmus School of Economics, International Institute of Social Studies, George Mason University, Paris Business School, National University of Singapore and Paris School of Economics seminar participants. The authors would also like to thank the anonymous referees who provided very helpful suggestions, as well as Stéphane Auzanneau for his crucial help collecting the data. This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Program for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 612413. Support through the ANR Labex IAST is gratefully acknowledged.

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