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Unexplored dimensions of discrimination in Europe: homosexuality and physical appearance

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  • Eleonora Patacchini

    (IZA - Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit - Institute of Labor Economics, Kiel Institute for the World Economy - Kiel Institute for the World Economy, CEPR - Center for Economic Policy Research)

  • Giuseppe Ragusa

    (Sapienza University of Rome - Department of Informatics and System Sciences - UNIROMA - Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" = Sapienza University [Rome])

  • Yves Zenou

    (GAINS - ARGUMANS - Atelier De Recherche En Gestion De L'université Du Mans - GAINS - Groupe d'Analyse des Itinéraires et des Niveaux Salariaux - UM - Le Mans Université)

Abstract

We study labor-market discrimination of individuals with "specific" characteristics in Italy. We conduct a field experiment in two Italian cities: Rome and Milan, by sending "fake" CVs to real ads. We find that there is a strong penalty for homosexuals, i.e., about 30 % less chance to be called back compared to a heterosexual male and even more so if they are highly skilled. On the other hand, we find no penalty for homosexual females. We also find a beauty premium for females only but this premium is much lower when the "pretty" woman is skilled. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

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  • Eleonora Patacchini & Giuseppe Ragusa & Yves Zenou, 2014. "Unexplored dimensions of discrimination in Europe: homosexuality and physical appearance," Post-Print hal-04329701, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-04329701
    DOI: 10.1007/s00148-014-0533-9
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    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing

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