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Revealing Taste-Based Discrimination in Hiring: A Correspondence Testing Experiment with Geographic Variation

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  • Carlsson, Magnus

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    (Linnaeus University)

  • Rooth, Dan-Olof

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    (Linnaeus University)

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    The standard correspondence testing experiment does not identify whether employer prejudice drives discriminatory behavior when hiring. This article proposes a new methodology using geographic variation to explore the link between employer attitudes toward 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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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6153.

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    Length: 13 pages
    Date of creation: Nov 2011
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    Publication status: published in: Applied Economic Letters, 2012, 19 (18), 1861-1864
    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6153

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    Keywords: field experiments on hiring; negative attitudes; employer discrimination; regional variation;

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    1. P. A. Riach & J. Rich, 2002. "Field Experiments of Discrimination in the Market Place," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(483), pages 480-518, November.
    2. John List, 2004. "The nature and extent of discrimination in the marketplace: Evidence from the field," Natural Field Experiments 00299, The Field Experiments Website.
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