Charity Begins at Home (and at School): Effects of Religion-Based Discrimination in Education
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The expression ‘Charity Begins at Home’ is the most common translation to English of the 6th century Talmudic expression ‘The Poor of Your Own Town Come First’ (Bava Metzia 71a), which is commonly interpreted to imply that you should care for your own people before caring for others, or in psychology-economics jargon: you should show in-group bias. We thank Josh Angrist, James Fenske, Jonathan Guryan, Imran Rasul, and participants at seminars at Ben Gurion University, IFS London, Bank of Israel, IDC Herzliya, Northwestern University, University of Bonn, University of Zurich, University of Warwick, and CAGE Venice Applied Micro Economics Conference for useful comments and suggestions. We also thank the Israel’s Ministry of Education and Dr. Haim Gat and Eliad Trefler for allowing restricted access to schooling data in the Ministry online protected research lab. Evgeni Rachkovski provided excellent research assistance. Lavy acknowledges financial support from the European Research Council through ERC Advanced Grant 323439. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.