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Indiscriminate Discrimination: A Correspondence Test for Ethnic Homophily in the Chicago Labor Market


Nicolas Jacquemet


Paris School of Economics (PSE); Université de Lorraine, BETA

Constantine Yannelis


Stanford University

December 1, 2012

Labour Economics, Vol. 19, No. 65, 2012

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Numerous field experiments have demonstrated the existence of discrimination in labor markets against specific minority groups. This paper uses a correspondence test to determine whether this discrimination is due to prejudice against specific groups, or a general preference for the majority group. Three groups of identical fabricated resumes are sent to help-wanted advertisements in Chicago newspapers: one with Anglo-Saxon names, one with African-American names, and one with fictitious foreign names whose ethnic origin is unidentifiable to most Americans. Resumes with Anglo-Saxon names generate nearly one third more call-backs than identical resumes with non Anglo-Saxon ones, either African-American or Foreign. We take this as evidence that discriminatory behavior is part of a larger pattern of unequal treatment of any member of non-majority groups, ethnic homophily.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: Correspondence testing, Discrimination, xenophobia, ethnic homophily

JEL Classification: J71, J64

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Date posted: March 30, 2011 ; Last revised: August 21, 2013

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Jacquemet, Nicolas and Yannelis, Constantine, Indiscriminate Discrimination: A Correspondence Test for Ethnic Homophily in the Chicago Labor Market (December 1, 2012). Labour Economics, Vol. 19, No. 65, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1799474 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1799474

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Nicolas Jacquemet (Contact Author)
Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )
48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France
Université de Lorraine, BETA ( email )
61, avenue de la Foret Noire
Strasbourg, 67000
France
Constantine Yannelis
Stanford University ( email )
Stanford, CA 94305
United States
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