What's in a name? A field experiment test for the existence of ethnic discrimination in the hiring process
AbstractThis paper provides evidence of extensive ethnic discrimination in the Swedish labour market. A field experiment (correspondence test) that tests employer discrimination has been performed. Pairs of equally merited applications has been sent to job openings, one with a Swedish sounding name and one with a foreign sounding name. Discrimination is measured by documenting the existence of an ethnic difference in call-backs. The results indicate that there is discrimination in all of the occupations that were tested in the experiment, but that the extent of the ethnic discrimination differs between the occupations. An attempt is also made to explain the results applying the theories of statistical discrimination and social distance.
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Date of creation: 27 Nov 2007
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ethnic discrimination in the labour market; statistical discrimination; social distance; field experiment; correspondence test;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
- J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2007-12-01 (All new papers)
- NEP-EXP-2007-12-01 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2007-12-01 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-MIG-2007-12-01 (Economics of Human Migration)
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