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Indiscriminate discrimination: A correspondence test for ethnic homophily in the Chicago labor market

Nicolas Jacquemet () and Constantine Yannelis

Labour Economics, 2012, vol. 19, issue 6, 824-832

Abstract: Numerous field experiments have demonstrated the existence of discrimination in labor markets against specific minority groups. This paper uses a correspondence test to determine whether this discrimination is due to prejudice against specific groups, or a general preference for the majority group. Three groups of identical fabricated resumes are sent to help-wanted advertisements in Chicago newspapers: one with Anglo-Saxon names, one with African-American names, and one with fictitious foreign names whose ethnic origin is unidentifiable to most Americans. Resumes with Anglo-Saxon names generate nearly one third more call-backs than identical resumes with non Anglo-Saxon ones, either African-American or Foreign. We take this as evidence that discriminatory behavior is part of a larger pattern of unequal treatment of any member of non-majority groups, ethnic homophily.

Keywords: Correspondence testing; Discrimination; Ethnic homophily (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2012.08.004

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