Perceived Job Discrimination in Australia: Its Correlates and Consequences

27 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2013 Last revised: 17 Apr 2013

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Markus H. Hahn

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

R Wilkins

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 2013

Abstract

We use data from a nationally representative Australian household panel survey to examine the extent and nature of self-reported job discrimination, its correlates, and its associations with various employment outcomes and measures of subjective wellbeing. We find that approximately 8.5% of job applicants and 7.5% of employees report being discriminated against in the preceding two years, most commonly on the basis of their age. Gender is found to be a common factor predicting perceived discrimination in both job applications and in the course of employment, but the determinants of these two types of discrimination are otherwise somewhat different. In particular, age is a significant determinant of perceived discrimination in job applications only, while being a mother of young children is a significant factor only for discrimination in the course of employment. We also find that, holding other traits constant, ethnic and religious minorities are not significantly more likely to perceive they have been discriminated against. Little evidence of adverse effects of perceived job discrimination is found for wage levels, wage changes and the probability of promotion, but we find large negative effects on subjective outcomes such as job satisfaction and self-assessed probability of job loss.

Keywords: Perceived job discrimination, employment outcomes, subjective wellbeing

JEL Classification: J70, J71, J28

Suggested Citation

Hahn, Markus Hilmar and Wilkins, Roger, Perceived Job Discrimination in Australia: Its Correlates and Consequences (March 2013). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 09/13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2244601 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2244601

Markus Hilmar Hahn

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

Roger Wilkins (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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