We study labor-market discrimination of individuals with specific characteristics in Italy. We conduct a field experiment in two Italian cities: Rome and Milan, by sending fake CVs to real ads. We find that there is a strong penalty for homosexuals, i.e. about 30% less chance to be called back compared to an heterosexual male and even more so if they are highly skilled. On the other hand, we find no penalty for homosexual females. We also find a beauty premium for females only but this premium is much lower when the "pretty" woman is skilled.

Unexplored Dimensions of Discrimination in Europe: Homosexuality and Physical Appearance / Eleonora, Patacchini; Ragusa, Giuseppe; Yves, Zenou. - In: CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH DISCUSSION PAPERS. - ISSN 1442-8636. - DP9179(2012), pp. 1-34.

Unexplored Dimensions of Discrimination in Europe: Homosexuality and Physical Appearance

RAGUSA, GIUSEPPE;
2012

Abstract

We study labor-market discrimination of individuals with specific characteristics in Italy. We conduct a field experiment in two Italian cities: Rome and Milan, by sending fake CVs to real ads. We find that there is a strong penalty for homosexuals, i.e. about 30% less chance to be called back compared to an heterosexual male and even more so if they are highly skilled. On the other hand, we find no penalty for homosexual females. We also find a beauty premium for females only but this premium is much lower when the "pretty" woman is skilled.
discrimination; labor economics; econometrics of field experiments
Unexplored Dimensions of Discrimination in Europe: Homosexuality and Physical Appearance / Eleonora, Patacchini; Ragusa, Giuseppe; Yves, Zenou. - In: CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC POLICY RESEARCH DISCUSSION PAPERS. - ISSN 1442-8636. - DP9179(2012), pp. 1-34.
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