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September 11th and the earnings of Muslims in Germany—The moderating role of education and firm size

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  • Cornelissen, Thomas
  • Jirjahn, Uwe

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While available evidence suggests that the events of September 11th negatively influenced the relative earnings of employees with Arab background in the US, it is not clear that they had similar effects in other countries. Our study for Germany provides evidence that the events also affected the relative earnings of Muslims outside the US. However, the results show that there was no uniform effect on all types of Muslims across all types of firms. Accounting for moderating factors, a significantly negative effect can primarily be found for low-skilled Muslims employed in small- and medium-sized firms. This conforms to theoretical expectations. Moreover, we demonstrate that defining appropriate treatment and control groups is crucial for identifying the effects.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Volume (Year): 81 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 490-504

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:81:y:2012:i:2:p:490-504

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Keywords: Muslims; September 11th; Wage discrimination; Education; Firm size;

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Cited by:
  1. Thomas Cornelissen & Uwe Jirjahn, 2012. "Religion and Earnings: Is It Good to Be an Atheist with Religious Parental Background?," Research Papers in Economics 2012-03, University of Trier, Department of Economics.
  2. Verena Dill & Uwe Jirjahn, 2011. "Ethnic Residential Segregation and Immigrants' Perceptions of Discrimination in West Germany," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 416, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  3. Verena Dill & Uwe Jirjahn & Georgi Tsertsvadze, 2011. "Residential Segregation and Immigrants' Satisfaction with the Neighborhood in Germany," Research Papers in Economics 2011-08, University of Trier, Department of Economics.

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