The Persistent Effect of Discrimination on the Poor: How Previous Discrimination Influences Job Search Behavior and Economic Outcomes of Slum Residents

The proposed project investigates the nuanced dynamics of job-seeking among slum residents, exploring how past experiences of discrimination and the significant mismatch between expected and actual job application call-back rates shape their search behavior in the job market. It seeks to unravel the layers of discrimination's persistent effects, examining how these experiences distort self-perception, reduce effort, and ultimately influence labor market choices. Employing online and lab-in-the-field experiments in Brazilian slums, the study aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of the barriers to formal employment for slum residents, proposing pathways to mitigate these challenges and enhance their socioeconomic status.