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Are Young French Jobseekers of Ethnic Immigrant Origin Discriminated Against? A Controlled Experiment in the Paris Area

Emmanuel Duguet (), Noam Leandri, Yannick L'Horty () and Pascale Petit ()

Annals of Economics and Statistics, 2010, issue 99-100, 187-215

Abstract: This study uses the findings of a correspondence test in order to assess the potential discrimination at the job access level against young people of ethnic minority origin from the underprivileged suburbs of the Paris area (Ile-de-France). We measure simultaneously the effects of place of residence (privileged or underprivileged town), of nationality (French or Moroccan), and of sound of surname and of forename on the chances of obtaining a job interview when answering a job advertisement. We base our assessment on a controlled experiment conducted on the profession of accountant. We constructed 16 jobseeker profiles and sent 1 097 résumés in reply to 140 job vacancies advertised at the end of 2006. We find evidence of an important discrimination against candidates of foreign origin, that is partly counterbalanced by the actions of the governmental employment agency and the large corporations.

Date: 2010
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