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Unexplored Dimensions of Discrimination$
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Tito Boeri, Eleonora Patacchini, and Giovanni Peri

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729853

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729853.001.0001

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Do Employers Discriminate Against Physical Appearance and Sexual Preference? A Field Experiment

Do Employers Discriminate Against Physical Appearance and Sexual Preference? A Field Experiment

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(p.204) 8 Do Employers Discriminate Against Physical Appearance and Sexual Preference? A Field Experiment
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Unexplored Dimensions of Discrimination
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Eleonora Patacchini

Giuseppe Ragusa

Yves Zenou

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729853.003.0009

This chapter describes a field experiment conducted in two Italian cities, Rome and Milan, to study the relationship between homosexuality, attractiveness and labor-market outcomes as measured by the difference in the percentage of callback rates between the reference group (homosexuals and less attractive persons) and the control group (heterosexuals and “good looking” persons). “Fake” CVs were distributed, which clearly indicated participation in a gay or lesbian organization for homosexuals and different pictures to highlight how handsome the candidate was. CVs were randomly assigned so that some were from homosexuals and others from heterosexuals. The same procedure was used for the "attractiveness" of the person. The research found that there is a statistically significant penalty (in terms of callback rates) associated with homosexual males of about 3%, whereas homosexual females do not seem to show any significant difference with respect to heterosexual females.

Keywords:   field experiment, homosexuality, beauty, callback rates

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