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CEPDISC Seminar with Lincoln Quillian

Trends in Hiring Discrimination against Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Western Countries

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Mandag 23. maj 2022,  kl. 14:00 - 15:30





Title: "Trends in Hiring Discrimination against Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Western Countries"

Speaker: Professor Lincoln Quillian, Department of Sociologi, Northwestern University 

This seminar will be a webinar

Abstract:  We examine trends in hiring discrimination against racial minorities and their potential causes between 1970-2018 in six European and North American countries:  Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and the United States.  Our sample includes data from 93 field experimental studies of hiring discrimination, encompassing 173,725 applications for jobs.  Across countries, minority groups, and controlling for study attributes, the results indicate that levels of hiring discrimination have remained largely unchanged.  There are two notable exceptions.  First, hiring discrimination against minorities with ethnic origins in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) increased during the 2000s relative to the 1990s.  Second, we find that discrimination in France declined, although from very high to “merely” high levels.  What may explain the variations across time and place?  The increase in discrimination against MENA minorities in the 2000s is likely linked to public backlash following Islamic extremist attacks and subsequent Western military interventions.  Together, these results suggest that hiring discrimination tends to be highly stable, but that major demographic and political shifts have at times altered discrimination in hiring.

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