Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

No 2004:16: Shifting attitudes and the labor market of minorities: Swedish experiences after 9-11

Olof ├ůslund () and Dan-Olof Rooth ()
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Olof ├ůslund: IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation, Postal: P O Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
Dan-Olof Rooth: Kalmar University, Postal: SE-391 82 Kalmar, Sweden

Abstract: Several studies suggest that the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001, caused at least a temporary change of attitude toward certain minorities in Sweden. We study unemployment exit around 9-11 using detailed data on the entire Swedish working-age population to investigate whether this change in attitudes also affected the labor market situation of these minorities. Contrary to what to expect from many theories of labor market discrimination, the time pattern of exits and entries for different ethnic groups, as well as difference-in-differences analyses, show no sign of increased discrimination towards these minorities.

Keywords: Labour market discrimination; minorities; etnic groups

JEL-codes: J71

37 pages, November 15, 2004

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