ERIC Number: ED472566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Empathy or Antipathy? The Consequences of Racially and Socially Diverse Peers on Attitudes and Behaviors.
Duncan, Greg J.; Boisjoly, Johanne; Levy, Dan M.; Kremer, Michael; Eccles, Jacque
This paper estimates peer effects by taking advantage of random assignment of first-year roommates through a housing lottery at a large state university. Preliminary results show that, when compared with white students who have white roommates, white students with black roommates express much more positive attitudes regarding affirmative action policies 1.5-3.5 years after college entry. Whites assigned minority roommates are also more likely to say that they have more personal contact with and interact more comfortably with members of minority groups. Minority roommates appear just as likely as non-minority roommates to remain close friends of white students beyond their initial year. Whites' income redistribution attitudes do not appear to be affected by the racial/ethnic composition of roommates, but whites become less supportive of redistributive policies when they are assigned roommates from wealthy families. Taken together, these results suggest that students become more sympathetic to the social groups to which roommates belong. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; William T. Grant Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Joint Center for Poverty Research, IL.