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

Presenter: Dr. Patrick Button, Assistant Professor
Tulane University, New Orleans

Abstract: We conducted a resume experiment to measure the discrimination in job hiring faced by Indigenous Peoples in the United States (Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians). We created realistic resumes of men and women of about age 30 applying for common entry-level jobs (retail sales, kitchen staff, server, janitor, and security) in 11 cities. We sent employers resumes that either signaled that the applicant was Indigenous or white, with all other resume features the same on average. We compared interview response rates by race to measure hiring discrimination. We further signaled that some of the Native American applicants grew up on an Indian reservation to determine if this increases discrimination. Our results do not show differential treatment. These results are robust to several specifications, in different subsamples (e.g., by city, occupation, gender, signal type) and robustness checks. These preliminary results suggest that the substantial economic disadvantages faced by Indigenous Peoples are attributable to factors other than discrimination, such as education and the negative legacy of colonialism.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

ED 314
Education Building
Main Campus

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