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Are gay men and lesbians discriminated against in the hiring process?
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1798-8284
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Southern Economic Journal, ISSN 0038-4038, E-ISSN 0038-5384, Vol. 79, no 3, 565-585 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents the first field experiment on sexual orientation discrimination in the hiring process in the Swedish labor market. Job applications were sent to about 4000 employers in 10 different occupations in Sweden. Gender and sexual orientation were randomly assigned to applications. The results show that sexual orientation discrimination exists in the Swedish labor market. The discrimination against the gay male applicant and the lesbian applicant varied across different occupations and appears to be concentrated in the private sector. The results also show that the gay male applicant was discriminated against in typical male-dominated occupations, whereas the lesbian applicant was discriminated against in typical female-dominated occupations. Theoretical implications are discussed.

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Southern Economic Association , 2013. Vol. 79, no 3, 565-585 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-88046DOI: 10.4284/0038-4038-2011.317ISI: 000313938800007OAI: diva2:601408
Available from: 2013-01-29 Created: 2013-01-29 Last updated: 2015-03-06

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