The refugee rate: evidence from a field experiment of discrimination against refugees and asylum seekers

dc.contributor.advisorBurns, Justine
dc.contributor.authorSimonson, James
dc.date.accessioned2022-03-14T14:20:01Z
dc.date.available2022-03-14T14:20:01Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.date.updated2022-03-14T14:19:10Z
dc.description.abstractWith the number of displaced continuing to rise, there is more urgency than ever to create sustainable solutions for the economic inclusion of refugees. One path that offers benefits to all stakeholders is self-reliance though providing refugees the right to work. Yet little work has been done to measure discrimination against displaced persons, a potential barrier to success with self-reliance. I perform a field experiment to measure discrimination against foreign and displaced persons in the labour market in which fake inquiries, each signaling different statuses, are sent to job postings. The results show significant discrimination against foreign and displaced applicants, with refugees facing the most acute and persistent decline in response rate. Refugees receive roughly 20% fewer responses than native-born candidates, which holds across industries and locations. This lower “refugee rate” suggests host nations will have to be proactive in ensuring equal protection if they hope to achieve success in the economic inclusion of refugees.
dc.identifier.apacitationSimonson, J. (2021). <i>The refugee rate: evidence from a field experiment of discrimination against refugees and asylum seekers</i>. (). ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/36072en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationSimonson, James. <i>"The refugee rate: evidence from a field experiment of discrimination against refugees and asylum seekers."</i> ., ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics, 2021. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/36072en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationSimonson, J. 2021. The refugee rate: evidence from a field experiment of discrimination against refugees and asylum seekers. . ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/36072en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Master Thesis AU - Simonson, James AB - With the number of displaced continuing to rise, there is more urgency than ever to create sustainable solutions for the economic inclusion of refugees. One path that offers benefits to all stakeholders is self-reliance though providing refugees the right to work. Yet little work has been done to measure discrimination against displaced persons, a potential barrier to success with self-reliance. I perform a field experiment to measure discrimination against foreign and displaced persons in the labour market in which fake inquiries, each signaling different statuses, are sent to job postings. The results show significant discrimination against foreign and displaced applicants, with refugees facing the most acute and persistent decline in response rate. Refugees receive roughly 20% fewer responses than native-born candidates, which holds across industries and locations. This lower “refugee rate” suggests host nations will have to be proactive in ensuring equal protection if they hope to achieve success in the economic inclusion of refugees. DA - 2021 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - economics LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PY - 2021 T1 - The refugee rate: evidence from a field experiment of discrimination against refugees and asylum seekers TI - The refugee rate: evidence from a field experiment of discrimination against refugees and asylum seekers UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/36072 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/36072
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationSimonson J. The refugee rate: evidence from a field experiment of discrimination against refugees and asylum seekers. []. ,Faculty of Commerce ,School of Economics, 2021 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/36072en_ZA
dc.language.rfc3066eng
dc.publisher.departmentSchool of Economics
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Commerce
dc.subjecteconomics
dc.titleThe refugee rate: evidence from a field experiment of discrimination against refugees and asylum seekers
dc.typeMaster Thesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters
dc.type.qualificationlevelMCom
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