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Perceived Job Discrimination in Australia: Its Correlates and Consequences

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  • Markus Hahn


    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne)

  • Roger Wilkins


    (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne)

We use data from a nationally representative Australian household panel survey to examine the extent and nature of self-reported job discrimination, its correlates, and its associations with various employment outcomes and measures of subjective wellbeing. We find that approximately 8.5% of job applicants and 7.5% of employees report being discriminated against in the preceding two years, most commonly on the basis of their age. Gender is found to be a common factor predicting perceived discrimination in both job applications and in the course of employment, but the determinants of these two types of discrimination are otherwise somewhat different. In particular, age is a significant determinant of perceived discrimination in job applications only, while being a mother of young children is a significant factor only for discrimination in the course of employment. We also find that, holding other traits constant, ethnic and religious minorities are not significantly more likely to perceive they have been discriminated against. Little evidence of adverse effects of perceived job discrimination is found for wage levels, wage changes and the probability of promotion, but we find large negative effects on subjective outcomes such as job satisfaction and self-assessed probability of job loss.

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Paper provided by Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne in its series Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series with number wp2013n09.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2013
Handle: RePEc:iae:iaewps:wp2013n09
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  1. Deborah A. Cobb-Clark, 2012. "That Pesky Problem of Persistent Gender Bias," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 45(2), pages 211-215, June.
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