Immigrant Volunteering: A Way Out of Labour Market Discrimination?
Stijn Baert () and
Sunčica Vujić ()
No 9763, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
Many governments encourage migrants to participate in volunteer activities as a stepping stone to labour market integration. In the present study, we investigate whether this prosocial engagement lowers the hiring discrimination against them. To this end, we use unique data from a field experiment in which fictitious job applications are sent in response to real vacancies in Belgium. Ethnic origin and volunteer activities are randomly assigned to these applications. While non-volunteering native candidates receive more than twice as many job interview invitations as non-volunteering migrants, no unequal treatment is found between natives and migrants when they reveal volunteer activities.
Keywords: immigrants; discrimination; volunteering; integration; hiring (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J71 D64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 12 pages
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-mig and nep-soc
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