Physical Disability and Labor Market Discrimination : Evidence from a Field Experiment
We investigate the determinants and extent of labor market discrimination to-ward people with physical disabilities using a large scale ﬁeld experiment. Appli-cations were randomly sent to 1477 private ﬁrms advertising open positions. We ﬁnd that average callback rates of disabled and non-disabled applicants are respec-tively 14.4% and 7.2%. We ﬁnd this diﬀerential does not result from accessibility constraints related to ﬁrm infrastructures. We also ﬁnd that mentioning eligibility to a government subsidy to cover the cost of workplace adaptation does not in-crease callback rates. Finally, we estimate that a lower bound of the proportion of discriminating ﬁrms is 49.7%.