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Is there a taste for racial discrimination amongst employers?

Bryson, A; Chevalier, A; (2015) Is there a taste for racial discrimination amongst employers? Labour Economics , 34 pp. 51-63. 10.1016/j.labeco.2015.03.002. Green open access

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Abstract

Research on employers' hiring discrimination is limited by the unlawfulness of such activity. Consequently, researchers have focused on the intention to hire. Instead, we rely on a virtual labour market, the Fantasy Football Premier League, where employers can freely exercise their taste for racial discrimination in terms of hiring and firing. The setting allows us to eliminate co-worker, consumer-based and statistical discrimination as potential sources of discrimination, thus isolating the effect of taste-based discrimination. We find no evidence of racial discrimination, either in initial hiring or through the season, in a context where employers are fully aware of current and prospective workers' productivity.

Type: Article
Title: Is there a taste for racial discrimination amongst employers?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2015.03.002
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2015.03.002
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2015. This manuscript version is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This licence allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licences are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0.
Keywords: Race, Labour market discrimination, Football
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1483115
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