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Labor market discrimination in Delhi: Evidence from a field experiment

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dc.contributor.author Banerjee, Abhijit
dc.contributor.author Bertrand, Marianne
dc.contributor.author Datta, Saugato
dc.contributor.author Mullainathan, Sendhil
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-04T18:59:30Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-04T18:59:30Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03
dc.date.submitted 2006-07
dc.identifier.issn 0147-5967
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/52303
dc.description.abstract We study the role of caste and religion in India s new economy sectors software and call- centers by sending 3160 ctitious resumes in response to 371 job openings in and around Delhi (India) that were advertised in major city papers and online job sites. We randomly allocate caste-linked surnames across resumes in order to isolate the e¤ect of caste on appli- cants job-search outcomes. We nd no evidence of discrimination against non-upper-caste (i.e. Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, and Other Backward Caste) applicants for software jobs. We do nd larger and signi cant di¤erences between callback rates for upper-castes and Other Backward Castes (and to a lesser extent Scheduled Castes) in the case of call-center jobs. There is no evidence of discrimination against Muslims for either of the two kinds of jobs we apply for. Overall, the evidence suggests that applicants caste identities do not signi cantly a¤ect the callback decisions of rms in these rapidly-growing sectors of the Indian economy en
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.isversionof http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jce.2008.09.002 en
dc.rights Article is made available in accordance with the publisher's policy and may be subject to US copyright law. Please refer to the publisher's site for terms of use. en
dc.source A, Banerjee en
dc.title Labor market discrimination in Delhi: Evidence from a field experiment en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.citation Banerjee, Abhijit et al. “Labor market discrimination in Delhi: Evidence from a field experiment.” Journal of Comparative Economics 37.1 (2009): 14-27. en
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Economics en_US
dc.contributor.approver Banerjee, Abhijit
dc.contributor.mitauthor Banerjee, Abhijit
dc.relation.journal Journal of Comparative Economics en
dc.identifier.mitlicense PUBLISHER_POLICY en
dc.eprint.version Author's final manuscript
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/SubmittedJournalArticle en
eprint.status http://purl.org/eprint/status/PeerReviewed en
dspace.orderedauthors Banerjee, Abhijit; Bertrand, Marianne; Datta, Saugato; Mullainathan, Sendhil en


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