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Labor market discrimination of minorities? yes, but not in job offers

  • Bøg, Martin
  • Kranendonk, Erik
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    This paper presents evidence from a field experiment designed to evaluate the efficacy of anonymous application procedures. While the policy evaluation itself is of interest, more importantly the experiment provides a unique opportunity to detect race based differential treatment in a controlled market environment. Over a 6 month period we observe all applications sent in response to local public sector vacancies. We observe both the callback and the job oer decision. We compare decisions of recruiters when they can observe ethnic markers (control) with a treatment condition where ethnic markers are absent. We find a substantial differential in the callback decision. Interestingly, we do not find evidence for differential treatment in the job offer decision. A follow up experiment provides indications that recruiters respond strategically to the announcement of the results of the first experiment.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 33332.

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    Date of creation: 15 Apr 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:33332
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