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Title:Implicit prejudice and ethnic minorities: Arab-Muslims in Sweden PDF Logo
Authors:Agerström, Jens
Rooth, Dan-Olof
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 3873
Abstract:This paper examines whether Swedish employers implicitly/automatically hold i) negative attitudes toward Arab-Muslims, an ethnic minority group subjected to substantial labor market discrimination in Sweden, and more specifically ii) associate members of this minority group with lower work productivity, as compared to native Swedes. Adapted versions of the Implicit Association Test (IAT; Greenwald et al., 1998) designed to measure implicit attitudes and productivity stereotypes toward Arab-Muslims were used. Corresponding explicit measures were administered. The results clearly show that employers have stronger negative implicit attitudes toward Arab-Muslims relative to native Swedes as well as implicitly perceive Arab-Muslims to be less productive than native Swedes. Notably, the explicit measures reveal much weaker negative associations. Whereas traditional research has focused on self-conscious, explicit work related attitudes toward various ethnic minority groups, this study offers a novel approach to understanding work related prejudice.
Subjects:Implicit
attitudes
stereotypes
discrimination
ethnicity
JEL:J70
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20081217107
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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