Warm and competent Hassan = Cold and incompetent Eric: A Harsh equation of real-life hiring discrimination
2012 (English)Report (Other academic)
Little is known about how individuating information about job applicants influences ethnic discrimination. In the present field experiment, we sent out 5,636 job applications varying how Swedish (in-group) and Arab (out-group) applicants presented themselves in terms of two fundamental dimensions of social judgment: warmth and competence. Results indicate substantial discrimination where Arab applicants receive fewer invitations to job interviews. Furthermore, conveying a warmer or more competent personality increases invitations. However, appearing both warm and competent seems to be especially important for Arab applicants. In conclusion, the results show that Arab applicants need to appear warmer and more competent than Swedish applicants to be invited equally often. The practical importance of signaling warmth and competence in labor market contexts is discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linnéuniversitetet , 2012. , 12 p.
Working paper series / Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies, 2012:9
Research subject Economy, Economics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-31025OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-31025DiVA: diva2:676816