“Understanding Ethnic Identity in Africa: Evidence from the Implicit Association Test,” (2015) (with Sara Lowes, Nathan Nunn and Jonathan Weigel, Harvard), American Economic Review, 105(5), 340-345.
We use a variant of the Implicit Association Test (IAT) to examine individuals’ implicit attitudes towards various ethnic groups. Using a population from the Democratic Republic of Congo, we find that the IAT measures show evidence of an implicit bias in favor of one’s own ethnicity. Individuals have implicit views of their own ethnic group that are more positive than their implicit views of other ethnic groups. We find this implicit bias to be quantitatively smaller than the (explicit) bias one finds when using self-reported attitudes about different ethnic groups.