Experimentel Evidence of Discrimination in the Labour Market: Intersections between ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status

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  • Malte Dahl
  • Niels Krog
This paper presents evidence of ethnic discrimination in the recruitment process from a field experiment conducted in the Danish labour market. In a correspondence experiment, fictitious job applications were randomly assigned either a Danish or Middle Eastern-sounding name and sent to real job openings. In addition to providing evidence on the extent of ethnic discrimination in the Danish labour market, the study offers two novel contributions to the literature more generally. First, because a majority of European correspondence experiments have relied solely on applications with male aliases, there is limited evidence on the way gender and ethnicity interact across different occupations. By randomly assigning gender and ethnicity, this study suggests that ethnic discrimination is strongly moderated by gender: minority males are consistently subject to a much larger degree of discrimination than minority females across different types of occupations. Second, this study addresses a key critique of previous correspondence experiments by examining the potential confounding effect of socioeconomic status related to the names used to represent distinct ethnic groups. The results support the notion that differences in call-backs are caused exclusively by the ethnic traits.
Udgivelses stedCopenhagen
UdgiverDepartment of Political Science, University of Copenhagen
Antal sider53
StatusUdgivet - 30 okt. 2017
NavnWorking paper

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