Quotation Paetzel, Fabian, Sausgruber, Rupert. 2018. Cognitive ability and in-group bias. Journal of Public Economics. 167, 280-292.




We study the role of performance differences in a task requiring cognitive effort on in-group bias. We show that the in-group bias is strong in groups consisting of high-performing members, and it is weak in low-performing groups. This holds although high-performing subjects exhibit no in-group bias as members of minimal groups, whereas low-performing subjects strongly do. We also observe instances of low-performing subjects punishing the in-group favoritism of low-performing peers. The same does not occur in high-performing or minimal groups where subjects generally accept that decisions are in-group biased.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Public Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-A, VW-A, WH-A
Language English
Title Cognitive ability and in-group bias
Volume 167,
Year 2018
Page from 280
Page to 292
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2018.04.006
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2018.04.006
Open Access N
JEL C92, D31, D63


Sausgruber, Rupert (Details)
Paetzel, Fabian (Department of Economics & FOR 2104, Helmut-Schmidt-University, Germany)
Department of Economics (Sausgruber) (Details)
Department of Economics DP (Details)
Research Institute for International Taxation FI (Details)
Competence Center for Experimental Research WE (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5311 Public finance (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5351 Public economy (Details)
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