Types of Contact: A Field Experiment on Collaborative and Adversarial Caste Integration

Oct 9, 2019, 12:15 pm1:30 pm
399 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building
Students, Faculty & Fellows only



Event Description


I estimate the effects of two types of intergroup contact: collaborative and adversarial. I randomly assigned Indian men from different castes to participate in cricket leagues or to serve as a control group. League players faced variation in collaborative contact, through random assignment to homogeneous-caste or mixed-caste teams, and adversarial contact, through random assignment of opponents. Collaborative contact increases cross-caste friendships and efficiency in trade, and reduces own-caste favoritism. In contrast, adversarial contact generally reduces cross-caste interaction and efficiency. League participation reduces intergroup differences, suggesting that the positive aspects of intergroup contact in the leagues more than offset the negative aspects in this setting.

  • Center for Health and Wellbeing
  • Research Program in Development Studies