Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141522
Authors: 
Baert, Stijn
Vujić, Sunčica
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9763
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
immigrants
volunteering
discrimination
hiring
integration
JEL: 
J15
J71
D64
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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