Ethnic Discrimination in Germany's Labour Market: A Field Experiment
AbstractThis paper studies ethnic discrimination in Germany's labour market with a correspondence test. To each of 528 advertisements for student internships we send two similar applications, one with a Turkish-sounding and one with a German-sounding name. A German name raises the average probability of a callback by about 14 percent. Differential treatment is particularly strong and significant at smaller firms at which the applicant with the German name receives 24 percent more callbacks. Discrimination disappears when we restrict our sample to applications including reference letters which contain favourable information about the candidate’s personality. We interpret this finding as evidence for statistical discrimination.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4741.
Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2010
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Publication status: published in: German Economic Review, 2012, 13 (1), 1 - 20
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Other versions of this item:
- Leo Kaas & Christian Manger, 2012. "Ethnic Discrimination in Germany's Labour Market: A Field Experiment," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 13(1), pages 1-20, 02.
- C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
- J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
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- NEP-ALL-2010-02-27 (All new papers)
- NEP-EXP-2010-02-27 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2010-02-27 (Labour Economics)
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