What is it about?
There is consistent evidence of ethnic and racial discrimination of minority applicants in hiring. We systematically summarize the findings of field experiments in a meta-analysis: 738 correspondence tests in 43 separate studies conducted in OECD countries between 1990 and 2015. With a focus on specific minority groups we can ascertain the robustness of the findings. Neither the gender of the fictive applicants nor the economic context seem to make a substantive difference on average. There are differences across countries highlighting that insufficient information about candidates may be a reason for discrimination, but the lack of substantive difference between immigrants on the one hand and the children of immigrants on the other hand also points to pervasive ethnic prejudice.
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Why is it important?
We have had systematic reviews of the literature, but there has been no meta-analysis to further systematize the findings.
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This page is a summary of: Ethnic discrimination in hiring decisions: a meta-analysis of correspondence tests 1990–2015, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, January 2016, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/1369183x.2015.1133279.
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