Is Ethnic Discrimination Due to Distaste or Statistics?

14 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2014

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Stijn Baert

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

Ann-Sophie De Pauw

Vlerick Business School

Abstract

Employing a lab experiment, we directly test the empirical importance of key attitudes underlying the models of taste-based and statistical discrimination in explaining ethnic hiring discrimination. We find evidence that employer concern that co-workers and customers will prefer collaborating with native individuals drives unequal treatment.

Keywords: taste discrimination, statistical discrimination, hiring discrimination, economics of ethnic minorities

JEL Classification: J24, J60, C92

Suggested Citation

Baert, Stijn and De Pauw, Ann-Sophie, Is Ethnic Discrimination Due to Distaste or Statistics?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8319. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2468495

Stijn Baert (Contact Author)

Ghent University ( email )

University of Antwerp ( email )

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Belgium

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Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) ( email )

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Ann-Sophie De Pauw

Vlerick Business School ( email )

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Gent, BE-9000
Belgium

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