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Customer Discrimination and Employment Outcomes: Theory and Evidence from the French Labor Market

Abstract : The paper investigates the link between the over-exposure of African immigrants to unemployment in France and their under-representation in jobs in contact with customers. We build a two-sector matching model with ethnic sector-specific preferences, economy-wide employer discrimination, and customer discrimination in jobs in contact with customers. The outcomes of the model allow us to build a test of ethnic discrimination in general and customer discrimination in particular. We run the test on French individual data in a cross-section of Employment Areas. Our results show that there is customer discrimination in the French labor market for contact jobs; a decrease in discrimination intensity by one standard deviation would reduce the raw unemployment rate of African immigrants by 4.3 percentage points.
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Pierre-Philippe Combes, Bruno Decreuse, Morgane Laouenan, Alain Trannoy. Customer Discrimination and Employment Outcomes: Theory and Evidence from the French Labor Market. 2011. ⟨halshs-00624435⟩

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