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NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Judith Rich

Economics and Finance Department
University of Portsmouth
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May 2016 Do Field Experiments on Labor and Housing Markets Overstate Discrimination? A Re-examination of the Evidence
with David Neumark: w22278
There have been over 80 field experiments on traditional dimensions of discrimination in labor and housing markets since 2000, in 23 countries. These studies nearly always find evidence of discrimination against minorities. However, the estimates of discrimination in these studies can be biased if there is differential variation in the unobservable determinants of productivity or quality of majority and minority groups, so it is possible that this experimental literature as a whole overstates the evidence of discrimination. We re-assess the evidence from the 10 existing studies of discrimination that have sufficient information to correct for this bias. For the housing market studies, the estimated effect of discrimination is robust to this correction. For the labor market studies, in cont...
 
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