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Employment Discrimination against Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Patrick Button, Brigham Walker

NBER Working Paper No. 25849
Issued in May 2019
NBER Program(s):Law and Economics, Labor Studies

We conducted a resume correspondence experiment to measure discrimination in hiring faced by Indigenous Peoples in the United States (Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians). We sent employers realistic 13,516 resumes for common jobs (retail sales, kitchen staff, server, janitor, and security) in 11 cities and compared callback rates. We signaled Indigenous status in one of four different ways. We almost never find any differences in callback rates, regardless of the context. These findings hold after numerous robustness checks, although our checks and discussions raise multiple concerns that are relevant to audit studies generally.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w25849

 
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