Labour Market Discrimination Against Former Juvenile Delinquents: Evidence from a Field Experiment
22 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2014
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
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