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

27 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2012

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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 House of Representatives Parliament House; Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU; IZA

Elena Varganova

Australian National University

Date Written: August 2012

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.

JEL Classification: J71, C93

Suggested Citation

Booth, Alison L. and Leigh, Andrew and Varganova, Elena, Does Ethnic Discrimination Vary Across Minority Groups? Evidence from a Field Experiment (August 2012). Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 74, Issue 4, pp. 547-573, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2100691 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0084.2011.00664.x

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Elena Varganova

Australian National University ( email )

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Australia

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