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Compensating Discrimination in Danish Schools

IMC Tuesday Seminar: Talk by Julian Schüssler, postdoc, CEPDISC, Aarhus University

Info about event


Tuesday 21 November 2023,  at 11:00 - 12:30


Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, 8000 Aarhus C, building 1483, room 312 and online (https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/my/imcevent)


Discriminatory practices among decision-makers aren't uniform; they can differ quite substantially. This isn't just a bland statement; it allows us to delve into the complex mechanisms behind discrimination. We study this in the context of biased grading in Danish schools. We argue that teacher biases are influenced by specific classroom experiences with demographic (gender/migrant) groups. This can lead to inequality-reinforcing biases, and other times, to compensating ones. Examining large-scale administrative data on Danish students, we show that there is wide variation in biases across teachers and a robust compensation effect. Teachers who have seen a particular demographic group under-perform display more positive biases towards that group than teachers who have witnessed over-performance. Methodologically, the analysis illustrates the utility of causal directed acyclic graphs when analyzing observational data in the social sciences. 

Link to paper


About the speaker

Julian Schüssler
Centre for the Experimental-Philosophical Study of Discrimination (CEPDISC)
Department of Political Science
Aarhus University

Free of charge - All are welcome to attend