Is There a Taste for Racial Discrimination Amongst Employers?

Arnaud Chevalier, Alex Bryson

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51–63
Number of pages13
JournalLabour Economics
Early online date10 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

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