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Does Ethnic Discrimination Vary Across Minority Groups? Evidence from a Field Experiment

Booth, Alison L and Leigh, Andrew and Varganova, Elena (2012) 'Does Ethnic Discrimination Vary Across Minority Groups? Evidence from a Field Experiment.' Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 74 (4). pp. 547-573. ISSN 0305-9049

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Abstract

We conduct a large-scale field experiment to measure labour market discrimination in Australia, one quarter of whose population was born overseas. To denote ethnicity, we use distinctively Anglo-Saxon, Indigenous, Italian, Chinese and Middle Eastern names. We compare multiple ethnic groups, rather than a single minority as in most other studies. In all cases we applied for entry-level jobs and submitted a CV indicating that the candidate attended high school in Australia. We find significant differences in callback rates: ethnic minority candidates would need to apply for more jobs in order to receive the same number of interviews. These differences vary systematically across ethnic groups.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2013 15:14
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2013 15:14
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/5745

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