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


Alison L. Booth


Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Andrew Leigh


Australian National University - Economics Program, Research School of Social Sciences

Elena Varganova


Australian National University


IZA Discussion Paper No. 4947

Abstract:     
We conduct a large-scale audit discrimination study to measure labor market discrimination across different minority groups in Australia - a country where one quarter of the population was born overseas. To denote ethnicity, we use distinctively Anglo-Saxon, Indigenous, Italian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern names, and our goal is a comparison across multiple ethnic groups rather than focusing on a single minority as in most other studies. In all cases, we applied for entry-level jobs and submitted a CV showing that the candidate had attended high school in Australia. We find economically and statistically significant differences in callback rates, suggesting that ethnic minority candidates would need to apply for more jobs in order to receive the same number of interviews. These differences vary systematically across groups, with Italians (a more established migrant group) suffering less discrimination than Chinese and Middle Easterners (who have typically arrived more recently). We also explore various explanations for our empirical findings.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: discrimination, field experiments, employment

JEL Classification: J71, C93

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Date posted: June 29, 2010  

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Booth, Alison L. and Leigh, Andrew and Varganova, Elena, Does Racial and Ethnic Discrimination Vary Across Minority Groups? Evidence from a Field Experiment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4947. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1631082

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Alison L. Booth (Contact Author)
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Elena Varganova
Australian National University ( email )
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Australia
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