English title: Automatic associations and discrimination in hiring: Real world evidence

Author(s): Dan-Olof Rooth -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2010

Abstract

This is the first study providing empirical support for automatically activated associations inducing discriminatory behavior among recruiters in a real-life hiring situation. Two different field experiments on ethnic discrimination in hiring are combined with a measure of employers' automatic attitudes and performance stereotypes toward Arab-Muslim men relative to Swedish men using the Implicit Association Test. The results show that the probability to invite Arab-Muslim job applicants decreases by five percentage points when the recruiter has a one standard deviation stronger negative implicit association toward Arab-Muslim men. This suggests that automatic processes may exert a significant impact on employers' hiring decisions, offering new insights into labor market discrimination.

Volume: 17

Issue: 3

From page no: 523

To page no: 534

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1016/J.LABECO.2009.04.005

Journal: Labour Economics