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Discrimination of Job Applicants with Foreign Names
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Experimental data suggests that ethnic discrimination exists when judging the capacity of job applicants with foreign names. There are qualitative studies on ethnic discrimination in the recruitment process, where e.g. Knocke(2003) states that people with foreign background tend to get the judgment that they do not to fit. This gives reasons to believe that psychological mechanisms and characteristics may lay behind recruiter’s judgements on job applicants with foreign names. In this study with a between-subject experiment design, psychology students judged fictitiously equal job applicants, only with names of different ethnic background, Swedish and non Swedish. The hypothesis that participants judging foreign name job applicants´ CV´s would rank them lower than those judging Swedish name job applicants was confirmed. Foreign name job applicants were judged lower than Swedish job applicants in both social- and technical skills. This could be the unexplained reason to why “New Swedes” run one third’s higher risk of being unemployed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 15 p.
Keyword [en]
Discrimination, recruitmentprocess, ethnicity, labor market
Keyword [sv]
Diskriminering, rekrytering, invandrare, arbetsmarknad
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7336OAI: diva2:198066
Available from: 2008-01-30 Created: 2008-01-30Bibliographically approved

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