Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Discrimination Against Female Migrants Wearing Headscarves

Lecture by Professor Doris Weichselbaumer (Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria)

16Nov2018 15:30 - 17:00


In Western countries, as a result of a large influx of Muslim migrants, the Muslim headscarf has become the subject of major controversy.

This paper presents the results of an experiment examining the effect of wearing this headscarf in the labor market: When applying for a job in Germany, women with a Turkish migration background are less likely to be invited for interview, and the level of discrimination increases substantially if the applicant wears a headscarf. The results suggest that migrant women who wear a headscarf suffer multiple discrimination based on ethnicity and religion.

About the lecturer

Doris Weichselbaumer is Professor and Head of the Department for Women’s and Gender Studies at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) of Linz, Austria. She is also affiliated with the Department of Economics at JKU and is a research fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn. She has held Visiting Professorships at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, and HWR, Berlin. Research visits have included UC Berkeley, Harvard, UMass Amherst and the University of London. Her main research areas are feminist economics as well as gender and labor economics.


The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The event will be followed by drinks.

Room: JK B.25

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