(), Marie Gartell
(), Magnus Rödin
() and Gülay Özcan
Mahmood Arai: Stockholm University, Postal: Stockholm, Sweden
Marie Gartell: Swedish public employment services (Arbetsförmedlingen), Postal: Stockholm, Sweden
Magnus Rödin: Swedish public employment services (Arbetsförmedlingen), Postal: Stockholm,Sweden
Gülay Özcan: Swedish public employment services (Arbetsförmedlingen), Postal: Stockholm, Sweden
Abstract: Using an experimental setup involving 436 case workers at the Swedish Public Employment Service (SPES) as subjects and the profile photographs and recorded voices of 75 jobseekers as treatments, we report results indicating that male case workers tend to favor jobseekers perceived as having a stereotypical Swedish appearance when they select candidates to be recommended for labor market programs (LMP). This bias represents a roughly 50-percent greater chance of being selected if you compare the candidate with the highest score with regard to stereotypical Swedish looks (8/10) with the candidate with the lowest score (3/10) in our sample.
30 pages, November 22, 2016
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