I would like to thank two anonymous reviewers and the editor for their useful suggestions and comments. The financial support from Jan Wallanders and the Tom Hedelius Foundation is appreciated.
Muslim Discrimination: Evidence From Two Lost-Letter Experiments
Version of Record online: 14 APR 2010
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 888–898, April 2010
How to Cite
Ahmed, A. M. (2010), Muslim Discrimination: Evidence From Two Lost-Letter Experiments. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40: 888–898. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2010.00602.x
- Issue online: 14 APR 2010
- Version of Record online: 14 APR 2010
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there has been considerable concern about whether Muslims living in Western countries are targets of prejudice. A considerable amount of survey-based evidence suggests that Muslims are victims of discrimination. This paper tested this hypothesis. Two lost-letter experiments were conducted to test whether the difference in returned letters would be attributable to whether the addressee was Muslim or Swedish. The results show that Muslims receive far fewer letters than do Swedes. However, this discrimination only appears when the lost letters contain money; in which case, the finder gains by not posting the letter.