Yes, poor qualifications can sometimes be an advantage

In a recent paper in the ESR, Merlin Schaeffer1, Jutta Höhne, and Céline Teney highlight that in certain situations (characterized by statistical discrimination) it can be an advantage to have poor qualifications. The argument is that because of statistical discrimination, the educational qualifications of minorities are less important to signal real qualifications. As a result, the poor qualifications of minorities are overlooked, leading to positive statistical discrimination.

Schaeffer, Merlin, Jutta Höhne, and Céline Teney. 2016. ‘Income Advantages of Poorly Qualified Immigrant Minorities: Why School Dropouts of Turkish Origin Earn More in Germany’. European Sociological Review 32 (1): 93–107. doi:10.1093/esr/jcv091.

Meta-Analysis on Discrimination: 2nd Place, Best Paper Award

10_DSC_3427I’m happy to announce that a paper I’ve drafted with Eva Zschirnt has won 2nd place for the IMISCOE Rinus Penninx Best Paper Award. In the paper we provide a proper meta-analysis of ethnic discrimination in hiring decision, summarizing the results of 627 correspondence tests carried out between 1990 and 2015. We show that despite the introduction of anti-discrimination legislation, discrimination against ethnic and racial minorities remains prevalent in the hiring process. What is more, there does not appear to be any systematic link between the economic situation and the incidence of discrimination.

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