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Ethnic Discrimination in China's Internet Job Board Labor Market

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  • Maurer-Fazio, Margaret

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    (Bates College)

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We conduct a large‐scale field experiment to investigate how Chinese firms respond to job applications from ethnic minority and Han applicants for jobs posted on a large Chinese Internet job board. We denote ethnicity by means of names that are typically Han Chinese and distinctively Mongolian, Tibetan, and Uighur. We find significant differences in the callback rates by ethnicity and that these differences vary systematically across ethnic groups. Not all firms discriminate – approximately half treat all candidates equally. State-owned firms are significantly less likely than privately‐owned firms to discriminate against minorities by calling only candidates with Han names and much more likely to treat candidates equally.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6903.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2012
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Publication status: published in: IZA Journal of Migration, 2012, 1:12
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6903

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Keywords: resume audit study; internet job boards; Chinese firms; hiring; discrimination; ethnicity;

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  1. Gustafsson, Björn Anders & Sai, Ding, 2014. "Why Is There No Income Gap Between the Hui Muslim Minority and the Han Majority in Rural Ningxia, China?," IZA Discussion Papers 7970, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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