Claire Adida, a researcher from the University of California, San Diego has derived a clever experiment to investigate discrimination cases against Muslims in the French job market(In European countries, Muslim immigrants tend to come from the same place. In the UK, they largely hail from South Asia. In France, they mostly come from northern Africa).
For this experiment, Adida focused on France’s Senegalese community, which includes a mix of both Muslims and Christians. To see how they would compare on the job market, Adida created three imaginary CVs. All were single, 24-year-old women, with two years of higher education and three years of experience in secretarial or accounting jobs. Only their names, and small details about past employers, differed:
2)Marie Diouf, had worked for its counterpart Secours Catholique, and had an obvious Christian first name.
3)Aurélie Ménard, had a typical French name with no religious connotations, and had only worked for secular firms.
Adida collected advertisements for employment from the French national employment agency and grouped them into pairs, matched for area, sector, company size and position (alright I know u hate technicals, we shall proceed to the results).
The result reveals that the French job market is rife with discrimination against Muslims. Adida found that in at least two sectors, a Muslim candidate is around 2.5 times less likely to get a job interview than a Christian one, with all else being equal. Marie Diouf got a positive response on 21% of her applications. But Khadija Diouf – her exact equal in virtually every respect – got callbacks from just 8% of her applications.