When work disappears: racial prejudice and recession labour market penalties

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Author: Johnston, David W.; Lordan, Grace


This paper assesses whether racial prejudice and labour market discrimination is counter-cyclical. This may occur if prejudice and discrimination are partly driven by competition over scarce resources, which intensifies during periods of economic downturn. Using British Attitudes Data spanning three decades, [the authors] find that prejudice does increase with unemployment rates. [The authors] find greater counter-cyclical effects for highly-educated, middle-aged, full-time employed men. For this group, a one per cent-point increase in unemployment raises self-reported racial prejudice...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Equity; Economics; Demographics; Income

Keywords: Discrimination; Economic conditions; Unemployment; Minority group; Ethnicity; Wage differential; Economic recession; Attitude

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: London, England: Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, 2014

Physical description: 39 p.

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ISSN: 2042-2695

Resource type: Discussion paper

Rights: Copyright D. W. Johnston and G. Lordan

Document number: TD/TNC 115.819

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