Customer Prejudice & Salience: The Effect of the 2016 Election on Employment Discrimination

62 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2018

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Marina Gorsuch

St. Catherine University - Department of Economics

Deborah Rho

University of St. Thomas - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 25, 2018

Abstract

We examine if employment discrimination increased after the 2016 election. We submitted fictitious applications to publicly advertised positions using resumes that are manipulated on perceived race and ethnicity (Somali American, African American, and white American). Prior to the 2016 election, employers contacted Somali American applicants slightly less than white applicants but more than African American applicants. After the election, the difference between white and Somali American applicants increased by 10 percentage points. The increased discrimination predominantly occurred in occupations involving interaction with customers. We use 2017 as a placebo election; there was no increase in discrimination after the 2017 election.

Keywords: Discrimination, immigrants, race

JEL Classification: J710, J150

Suggested Citation

Gorsuch, Marina and Rho, Deborah, Customer Prejudice & Salience: The Effect of the 2016 Election on Employment Discrimination (May 25, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3184984 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3184984

Marina Gorsuch (Contact Author)

St. Catherine University - Department of Economics ( email )

St. Paul, MN 55105
United States

Deborah Rho

University of St. Thomas - Department of Economics ( email )

St. Paul, MN 55105
United States

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