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A field experiment on ethnic discrimination among local Swedish public officials
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2017 (English)In: Local Government Studies, ISSN 0300-3930, E-ISSN 1743-9388, Vol. 43, no 1, p. 44-63Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study presents an innovative field experiment exploring ethnic discrimination in contacts between local public officials and members of Swedish society. Using a correspondence study design, fictitious individuals with Arabic-and Swedish-sounding names contacted Swedish municipalities via email, asking questions about access to preschools. The findings indicate disadvantageous treatment of individuals with Arabic-sounding names in terms of the informal tone of the replies, as Swedish-sounding names were replied to in a friendlier, more welcoming way. Regarding the more formal aspects of the emails - i.e., whether they were replied to at all and the questions posed were directly answered - no statistically significant signs of discrimination emerge (although differences were of some substantial size, to the disadvantage of Arabic-sounding names). Still, informal disadvantageous treatment is sufficient cause for concern and noteworthy in the case of Sweden, considering its reputation as being egalitarian, immigration friendly and democratically well functioning.

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2017. Vol. 43, no 1, p. 44-63
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-312188DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2016.1244052ISI: 000389704000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-312188DiVA, id: diva2:1062600
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2010-0213Available from: 2017-01-07 Created: 2017-01-07 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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