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Employment discrimination in a former Soviet Union Republic: Evidence from a field experiment

Muhammad Asali (), Norberto Pignatti () and Sophiko Skhirtladze

Journal of Comparative Economics, 2018, vol. 46, issue 4, 1294-1309

Abstract: We provide the first experimental evidence about ethnic and gender discrimination in the labor market of a former Soviet Union country, Georgia. We randomly assign Georgian and non-Georgian, male and female, names to similar resumes and apply for jobs as advertised on help-wanted websites in Georgia. We find that gender has no effect on the probability of callback, but a job applicant who is ethnically Georgian is more than twice as likely to be called for a job interview than an equally skilled ethnic non-Georgian (Azerbaijani or Armenian). The 113% ethnic gap in callbacks (167% among males and 79% among females), which is substantially larger than the gap typically documented in the existing literature for both developed and developing countries, is statistically significant and cannot be abridged by having more experience or education. There is no evidence of gender discrimination in callbacks, both within the Georgian group and the non-Georgian group.

Keywords: Employment discrimination; Field experiment; Former Soviet Union; Minorities (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J71 C93 P23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jce.2018.09.001

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