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Are young French jobseekers of ethnic immigrant origin discriminated against? A controlled experiment in the Paris area

  • Emmanuel Duguet

    (Université d’Evry-Val d’Essonne, EPEE and CEE, (TEPP, FR CNRS 3126))

  • Noam Leandri

    (Université d’Evry-Val d’Essonne, EPEE, (TEPP, FR CNRS 3126))

  • Yannick L’Horty

    (Université d’Evry-Val d’Essonne, EPEE and CEE, (TEPP, FR CNRS 3126))

  • Pascale Petit

    (Université d’Evry-Val d’Essonne, EPEE, (TEPP, FR CNRS 3126))

This study uses the findings of a correspondence testing in order to assess the potential discrimination at job access level against young people of ethnic origin from the underprivileged suburbs of the Paris area (Ile-de-France). We measure simultaneously the effects of place of residence (privileged or underprivileged city), of nationality (French or Moroccan), and of sound of surname and of forename on the chances of obtaining a job interview when answering a job ad. We base our assessment on a controlled experiment conducted on the profession of accountant. We constructed 16 jobseeker profiles and sent 1097 resumes in reply to 139 job vacancies advertised at the end of 2006. We find evidence of a significant discrimination.

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Paper provided by Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne in its series Documents de recherche with number 08-06.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:eve:wpaper:08-06
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  1. Romain Aeberhardt & Julien Pouget, 2007. "National Origin Wage Differentials in France. Evidence from Matched Employer-Employee Data”," Working Papers 2007-15, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
  2. Rachid Boumahdi & Jean-François Giret, 2005. "Une analyse économétrique des disparités d'accès à l'emploi et de rémunérations entre jeunes d'origine française et jeunes issus de l'immigration," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 56(3), pages 625-636.
  3. Riach, Peter A & Rich, Judith, 1991. "Testing for Racial Discrimination in the Labour Market," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 15(3), pages 239-56, September.
  4. Pascale Petit, 2003. "Comment évaluer la discrimination à l'embauche ?," Revue Française d'Économie, Programme National Persée, vol. 17(3), pages 55-87.
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