June 10, 2014 11:20 am -

A New York University study reveals that when the economy is bad, people become more prejudiced.

In the study, “Economic scarcity alters the perception of race,” researchers Amy R. Krosch and David M. Amodio used four tests to analyze why racial disparities are exacerbated during economic recessions.

“Although prior explanations for this phenomenon have focused on institutional causes, our research reveals that perceived scarcity influences people’s visual representations of race in a way that may promote discrimination,” write the researchers. “Across four studies, scarce conditions led perceivers to view Black people as ‘darker’ and ‘more stereotypically Black’ in appearance, relative to control conditions, and this shift in perception under scarcity was sufficient to elicit reduced resource allocations to African-American recipients.”



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  1. granpa.usthai June 10th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    actually, I’ve noticed this too in my life’s experiences.

    but – indoor ‘management positions’ become less, and more general labor outdoors seems to be the best shot at employment.