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Hiring Discrimination Against Transgender People: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Mark Granberg, Per A. Andersson and Ali Ahmed

Labour Economics, 2020, vol. 65, issue C

Abstract: This paper presents the results of the first correspondence study that examined hiring discrimination against transgender people. Fictitious job applications (N = 2,224) were sent to employers with job postings in 12 low-skill occupations in Sweden. Overall, 40 percent of cisgender applicants and 34 percent of transgender applicants received a positive employer response to their applications. This result was not robust to the Heckman-Siegelman critique. However, when transgender applicants were compared to the dominant gender in male- and female-dominated occupations, estimates of discrimination were larger and robust to the critique. There was no clear support for the statistical discrimination hypothesis.

Keywords: Field experiment; Correspondence test; Transgender people; Discrimination; Labor market (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 J15 J16 J23 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2020.101860

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