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Sex differences in the acceptability of discrimination

Kuran, Timur and McCaffery, Edward J. (2008) Sex differences in the acceptability of discrimination. Political Research Quarterly, 61 (2). pp. 228-238. ISSN 1065-9129.

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A large telephone survey conducted after the attacks of September 11, 2001, suggests that the willingness to tolerate discrimination varies significantly across domains, with a very high tolerance of discrimination against poorly educated immigrants and a strikingly low tolerance of discrimination against the genetically disadvantaged. Regardless of domain, tolerance is greater among men than among women. A survey conducted simultaneously over the World Wide Web, using volunteer panels, replicated the phone survey results and revealed an even larger sex gap. This finding suggests that a social desirability bias leads women to overstate and men to understate their tolerance of discrimination in public.

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Additional Information:© 2008 University of Utah. The authors thank the USC-Caltech Center for the Study of Law & Politics for financial support; Mike Alvarez and Jon Krosnick for technical and scholarly advice; two anonymous reviewers for constructive feedback; and Arun Abraham, Yongchuan (Kevin) Bao, and Will Kwon for research assistance.
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Subject Keywords:discrimination; sex differences; surveys; public opinion; social desirability bias
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