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Racial Discrimination in the British Labor Market

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This paper reports the results of a study of racial discrimination in the British job market for accountants and financial executives. The research design involved sending letters from fictitious applicants in response to job advertisements in the press. The applicants represented seven different nationalities, although all had identical qualifications and work experience. An analysis of the responses to these applications shows that considerable racial discrimination remains in the British labor market several years after the adoption of the Race Relations Act of 1968.

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  • Michael Firth, 1981. "Racial Discrimination in the British Labor Market," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 34(2), pages 265-272, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ilrrev:v:34:y:1981:i:2:p:265-272
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    1. Jerome Culp & Bruce H. Dunson, 1986. "Brothers of a Different Color: A Preliminary Look at Employer Treatment of White and Black Youth," NBER Chapters,in: The Black Youth Employment Crisis, pages 233-260 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Weichselbaumer, Doris, 2015. "Discrimination against Migrants in Austria: An Experimental Study," IZA Discussion Papers 9354, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. repec:bla:germec:v:18:y:2017:i:2:p:237-265 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Weichselbaumer, Doris, 2003. "Sexual orientation discrimination in hiring," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 10(6), pages 629-642, December.
    5. Doris Weichselbaumer, 2013. "Discrimination in gay and lesbian lives," Chapters,in: Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life, chapter 15, pages 236-254 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    6. Antecol, Heather & Cobb-Clark, Deborah A., 2008. "Identity and racial harassment," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 66(3-4), pages 529-557, June.
    7. Doris Weichselbaumer, 2004. "Is It Sex or Personality? The Impact of Sex Stereotypes on Discrimination in Applicant Selection," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 30(2), pages 159-186, Spring.
    8. Richard B. Freeman, 1982. "Public Policy and Employment Discrimination in the U.S," NBER Working Papers 0928, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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