Ethnic Discrimination in Germany's Labour Market: A Field Experiment

22 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2010

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Leo Kaas

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Christian Manger

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

This paper studies ethnic discrimination in Germany's labour market with a correspondence test. To each of 528 advertisements for student internships we send two similar applications, one with a Turkish-sounding and one with a German-sounding name. A German name raises the average probability of a callback by about 14 percent. Differential treatment is particularly strong and significant at smaller firms at which the applicant with the German name receives 24 percent more callbacks. Discrimination disappears when we restrict our sample to applications including reference letters which contain favourable information about the candidateļ¾’s personality. We interpret this finding as evidence for statistical discrimination.

Keywords: correspondence test, hiring discrimination, ethnic discrimination

JEL Classification: C93, J71

Suggested Citation

Kaas, Leo and Manger, Christian, Ethnic Discrimination in Germany's Labour Market: A Field Experiment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4741. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1552675

Leo Kaas (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics ( email )

Universitaetsstr. 10
78457 Konstanz
Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Christian Manger

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

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