Multiple Discrimination

Multiple Discrimination

Usually, different sources or “grounds" of discrimination are considered separately, such as age, gender, or ethnicity. Yet, acknowledging that discrimination may be directed against different subgroups within a population requires to also acknowledge that individuals may be exposed to potential discrimination based on several grounds; they may face ‘multiple discrimination’. Hence,...

in certain circumstances, in order to appropriately describe the discriminatory treatment that a person experiences, the grounds must be considered together.

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For example, a Turkish woman who is refused a job complains of discrimination; yet, the employer replies that he employs both non-Turkish women and Turkish men – he just does not employ Turkish women. A different example are certain subgroups of young people, who may experience discrimination because of young age, in combination with gender, ethnicity, or language. Finally, there may be examples of “positive” discrimination: a young, black woman may get a certain job because giving her the job may seem to the employer the most convenient way to signal that he is non-discriminatory.

The aim of this project is to systematically quantify discrimination in situations in which several grounds of discrimination interact. The evidence it generates provides insights into the general foundations of discriminatory preferences, which may help designing policies to reduce discriminatory behavior.

Multiple Discrimination

 

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