Discrimination on the child care market : a nationwide field experiment / Henning Hermes, Philipp Lergetporer, Fabian Mierisch, Frauke Peter, Simon Wiederhold ; editor: Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) - Member of the Leibniz Association
VerfasserHermes, Henning ; Lergetporer, Philipp ; Mierisch, Fabian ; Peter, Frauke ; Wiederhold, Simon
KörperschaftLeibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle
ErschienenHalle (Saale), Germany : Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) - Member of the Leibniz Association, May 2023
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SerieIWH-Diskussionspapiere ; 2023, no. 12 (May 2023)
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We provide the first causal evidence of discrimination against migrants seeking child care. We send emails from fictitious parents to > 18 000 early child care centers across Germany asking if there is a slot available and how to apply. Randomly varying names to signal migration background we find that migrants receive 4.4 percentage points fewer responses. Responses to migrants also contain substantially fewer slot offers are shorter and less encouraging. Exploring channels discrimination against migrants does not differ by the perceived educational background of the email sender. However it does differ by regional characteristics being stronger in areas with lower shares of migrants in child care higher right-wing vote shares and lower financial resources. Discrimination on the child care market likely perpetuates existing inequalities of opportunities for disadvantaged children.