Phenotypic Discrimination in Europe: Results from a Comparative Field Experiment in Germany, the Netherlands and Spain

  • 15 Nov 2018

    11:00-12:30, Large Lecture Room, Nuffield College

  • Sociology Seminar   Add to Calendar
Speaker: Professor Javier Polavieja

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

This event is part of the Sociology Seminar Series.

This study presents the first large-scale comparative field experiment on phenotypic discrimination in employment carried out simultaneously and with a harmonised methodology in three European countries: Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. We sent over 9,000 fictitious résumés to real vacancies in six different occupations randomly varying the treatments for ethnicity (measured using country of ancestry and ethnic names) and phenotype (measured using applicants’ photographs). We examine average differences in callback rates across four ‘racial’ groups comprising eight different photographs carefully matched in dimensions of attractiveness and likeability. We investigate phenotypic discrimination comparatively with special attention to country differences and phenotype-ethnicity intersections. 

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