Nickolas Gagnon, Aarhus University

Discrimination Preferences


We push two boundaries of the discrimination literature. First, we reexamine discrimination through moral lenses and highlight that basic discrimination preferences are missing. Second, we conduct experiments to evaluate the distribution of individual preferences regarding taste and statistical discrimination based on gender using a quota-based sample representative of the UK. We report that discrimination preferences are heterogeneous and widespread and that they modify our comprehension of why individuals discriminate. Among others, we also examine variations across socio-economic lines, links to politics and policies, and effects of wage transparency.

Nickolas Gargon is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics and Business Economics of Aarhus University. From Nov. 2022 to Oct. 2024, he is  on leave from that position to be a EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Aarhus University with secondments at NHH Norwegian School of Economics.

He is also affiliated to FAIR at NHH Norwegian School of Economics and the Economic Science Laboratory at the University of Arizona.

His research centers on discrimination, social preferences, labor markets, and public policy. I employ natural, field, and lab experiments.

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