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

38 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010  

Alison L. Booth

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

Andrew Leigh

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

Elena Varganova

Australian National University

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Date Written: July 2010

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.

Keywords: discrimination, employment, field experiments

JEL Classification: C93, J71

Suggested Citation

Booth, Alison L. and Leigh, Andrew and Varganova, Elena, Does Racial and Ethnic Discrimination Vary Across Minority Groups? Evidence from a Field Experiment (July 2010). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP7913. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1640989

Alison L. Booth (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) ( email )

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Andrew Leigh

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Elena Varganova

Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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