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Unexplored dimensions of discrimination in Europe: homosexuality and physical appearance
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Number of Authors: 3
2015 (English)In: Journal of Population Economics, ISSN 0933-1433, E-ISSN 1432-1475, Vol. 28, no 4, 1045-1073 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We study labor-market discrimination of individuals with specific characteristics in Italy. We conduct a field experiment in two Italian cities: Rome and Milan, by sending fake CVs to real ads. We find that there is a strong penalty for homosexuals, i.e., about 30 % less chance to be called back compared to a heterosexual male and even more so if they are highly skilled. On the other hand, we find no penalty for homosexual females. We also find a beauty premium for females only but this premium is much lower when the pretty woman is skilled.

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2015. Vol. 28, no 4, 1045-1073 p.
Keyword [en]
Discrimination, Gays, Lesbians, Field experiment
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Sociology Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-120169DOI: 10.1007/s00148-014-0533-9ISI: 000358659900007OAI: diva2:851795
Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-02 Last updated: 2015-09-07Bibliographically approved

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