Revealing Stereotypes: Evidence from Immigrants in Schools

FBK-IRVAPP is pleased to invite you to the following seminar: “Revealing Stereotypes: Evidence from Immigrants in Schools”.

With the participation of Michela Carlana, Harvard Kennedy School

The seminar is held in English.

The seminar will be held on the web conference platform Google meet. Please register to the event via Eventbrite


We study how people change their behavior after learning they are biased. Teachers in Italian schools give lower grades to immigrant students relative to natives with comparable ability. In two experiments, we reveal to teachers their own bias, measured by an Implicit Association Test (IAT). Randomizing the timing of disclosure, we find that learning one’s IAT before deciding end-of-term grades reduces the native-immigrant gap in grades. IAT disclosure and generic debiasing have similar average effects, but there is heterogeneity: teachers with more negative stereotypes do not respond to generic debiasing but change their behavior when informed about their own IAT.


  • Michela Carlana
    Guest Speaker
    Michela Carlana is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is affiliated with the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, the Women in Public Policy Program, and the Center for International Development. She is working on topics related to inequality and education, with a focus on gender and immigration. She is also a Faculty Research Fellow of the NBER, Faculty Affiliate of J-PAL, LEAP- Bocconi and a Research Affiliate of IZA, CESifo, and CEPR.

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