Labour Market Discrimination Against Former Juvenile Delinquents: Evidence from a Field Experiment

22 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2014

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Stijn Baert

Ghent University; University of Antwerp; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Elsy Verhofstadt

Ghent University

Abstract

We identify hiring discrimination against former juvenile delinquents in a direct way. To this end we conduct a field experiment in the Belgian labour market. We find that labour market discrimination is indeed a major barrier in the transition to work for former juvenile delinquents. Labour market entrants disclosing a history of juvenile delinquency get about 22 percent less callback compared to their counterparts without a criminal record. This discrimination is more outspoken among the low-educated.

Keywords: hiring discrimination, field experiments, juvenile delinquency, transitions in youth

JEL Classification: C93, J2, J71

Suggested Citation

Baert, Stijn and Verhofstadt, Elsy, Labour Market Discrimination Against Former Juvenile Delinquents: Evidence from a Field Experiment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7845. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2374626

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Elsy Verhofstadt

Ghent University

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