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Experimentel Evidence of Discrimination in the Labour Market

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This paper presents evidence of ethnic discrimination in the recruitment process from a field experiment conducted in the Danish labour market. In a correspondence experiment, fictitious job applications were randomly assigned either a Danish or a Middle Eastern-sounding name and sent to real job openings. The results show that minority applicants on average have to apply for 52% more jobs to be called for the same number of interviews as majority applicants. In addition to being the first correspondence experiment to provide evidence on the extent of ethnic discrimination in the Danish labour market, the study offers two novel contributions to the literature more generally. First, previous studies on discrimination have largely neglected the intersection between gender and ethnicity by relying solely on applications with male aliases. By randomly assigning gender and ethnicity, this study suggests that discrimination is strongly moderated by gender: minority males are subject to a substantially larger degree of discrimination than minority females. Second, this study addresses a key critique of previous correspondence experiments by examining the potential confounding effect of socioeconomic status related to the names used to represent distinct ethnic groups. The results support the notion that differences in callbacks are caused exclusively by the ethnic traits.
Udgivelses stedCopenhagen
UdgiverDepartment of Political Science, University of Copenhagen
Antal sider32
StatusUdgivet - 30 okt. 2017

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