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Revealing taste-based discrimination in hiring: a correspondence testing experiment with geographic variation

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  • Magnus Carlsson
  • Dan-Olof Rooth
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    The standard Correspondence Testing Experiment (CTE) does not identify whether employer prejudice, as opposed to statistical discrimination, drives discriminatory behaviour when hiring. This article proposes a new methodology using geographic variation to explore the link between employer attitudes towards ethnic minorities and the ethnic difference in callbacks for a job interview. Using already existing Swedish data we find that a randomly selected employer is more likely to discriminate against a minority job applicant in regions where the average employer has more negative attitudes.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 19 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 18 (December)
    Pages: 1861-1864

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:19:y:2012:i:18:p:1861-1864

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    1. Carlsson, Magnus & Fumarco, Luca & Rooth, Dan-Olof, 2013. "Artifactual Evidence of Discrimination in Correspondence Studies? A Replication of the Neumark Method," IZA Discussion Papers 7619, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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