Acknowledgments: The author would like to thank Marie Cornwall and three anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this article.
Religious Affiliation and Employment Bias in the Labor Market
Article first published online: 1 SEP 2010
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Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Volume 49, Issue 3, pages 477–493, September 2010
How to Cite
Drydakis, N. (2010), Religious Affiliation and Employment Bias in the Labor Market. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 49: 477–493. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5906.2010.01523.x
- Issue published online: 1 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 1 SEP 2010
Religious affiliation and employment bias is examined in Athens, Greece by implementing an experimental field study. Labor market outcomes (occupation access, entry wage, and wait time for call back) are assessed for three religious minorities (Pentecostal, evangelical, and Jehovah's Witnesses) compared to the religious majority (Greek Orthodox). Results indicate that religious minorities experience employment bias as measured by access to job interviews, entry wages, and wait time for call backs. Moreover, religious minorities face greater constraints on occupational access in more prestigious jobs compared to less prestigious jobs. Occupational access and entry wage bias is highest for religious minority women. In all cases, Jehovah's Witnesses face the greatest bias; female employers offered significantly lower entry wages to Jehovah's Witnesses than male employers.