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dc.contributor.authorPager, Devahen_US
dc.contributor.authorWestern, Bruceen_US
dc.contributor.authorBonikowski, Barten_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-11-27en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T12:02:27Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T12:02:27Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/35850-
dc.description.abstractDecades of racial progress have led some researchers and policymakers to doubt that discrimination remains an important cause of economic inequality. To study contemporary discrimination we conducted a field experiment in the low-wage labor market of New York City. The experiment recruited white, black, and Latino job applicants, called testers, who were matched on demographic characteristics and interpersonal skills. The testers were given equivalent resumes and sent to apply in tandem for hundreds of entry-level jobs. Our results show that black applicants were half as likely to receive a callback or job offer relative to equally qualified whites. In fact, black and Latino applicants with clean backgrounds fared no better than a white applicant just released from prison. Additional qualitative evidence from our testers' experiences further illustrates the multiple points at which employment trajectories can be deflected by various forms of racial bias. Together these results point to the subtle but systematic forms of discrimination that continue to shape employment opportunities for low-wage workers.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherForschungsinst. zur Zukunft der Arbeit Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 4469en_US
dc.subject.jelJ7en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordDiscriminationen_US
dc.subject.keywordfield experimenten_US
dc.subject.keywordraceen_US
dc.subject.keywordlabor marketsen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsmarktdiskriminierungen_US
dc.subject.stwEthnische Diskriminierungen_US
dc.subject.stwNiedriglohnen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitskräfteen_US
dc.subject.stwFeldforschungen_US
dc.subject.stwNew York (NY)en_US
dc.titleDiscrimination in a low-wage labor market: a field experimenten_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn613840305en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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