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Employment Discrimination in Georgia: Evidence from a Field Experiment

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

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: We provide experimental evidence about ethnic discrimination in the labor market in Georgia. We randomly assign Georgian and non-Georgian, male and female, names to similar resumes and apply for jobs as advertised in help-wanted web sites in Georgia. We find that gender has no effect on the probability of callback, but a job applicant who is ethnic Georgian is twice more likely to be called for a job interview than an equally skilled ethnic non-Georgian (Azeri or Armenian). The almost 100% gap in callbacks is statistically significant and cannot be abridged by having more experience or education. Both taste-based discrimination and statistical discrimination models are consistent with the evidence provided in this study. Labor market discrimination tends to aggravate in economic busts.

Keywords: Field Experiment; Discrimination; Employment; Recession; Ethnicity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 J15 J71 P23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-04-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa, nep-exp and nep-lab
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