When the Name Matters : An Experimental Investigation of Ethnic Discrimination in the Finnish Labor Market

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Ahmad , A 2020 , ' When the Name Matters : An Experimental Investigation of Ethnic Discrimination in the Finnish Labor Market ' , Sociological Inquiry , vol. 90 , no. 3 , pp. 468-496 . https://doi.org/10.1111/soin.12276

Title: When the Name Matters : An Experimental Investigation of Ethnic Discrimination in the Finnish Labor Market
Author: Ahmad, Akhlaq
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Date: 2020-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 29
Belongs to series: Sociological Inquiry
ISSN: 0038-0245
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/328226
Abstract: This article considers the possibilities and limits of human-capital credentials in entering the labor market for immigrants in Finland. It reports findings of a correspondence study on how employers respond to job applicants of five different backgrounds who were otherwise equivalently matched on various demographic and human-capital characteristics. The findings strongly indicate the continuing salience of ethnicity in securing employment opportunities in the Finnish labor market. Employers significantly prefer Finnish applicants over ethnic candidates, and within ethnic applicants, they prefer candidates with a European name over a non-European name. They further show that locally acquired human capital provides a better payoff only when the job candidate belongs to a group that is placed higher on the ethnic preference ladder. Drawing on the empirical observations, the article thus suggests that a recruitment process driven by abstract or impersonal criteria and governed by mere considerations of human capital in real-life situations is much less prevalent than often claimed.
Subject: UNEMPLOYMENT
INSURANCE
IMMIGRANT
ACCESS
5141 Sociology
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