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On September 28 and 29, the Department of Sociology in collaboration with the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies (AMCIS), will organize the conference Ethnic Inequality on the Labour Market: cross-national perspectives and causal analysis. The conference is open to submit papers.

In the past decades, an extensive body of literature has emerged that investigates the labour market performance of ethnic minorities in comparison to the majority population. Researchers have focused on characteristics of job seekers, such as their ethnic origin, skills, motivation, and work experience. Similarly, scholars have studied employers, mainly focusing on ethnic discrimination and workplace characteristics. A third avenue of research is to study how national institutions affect ethnic inequalities on the labour market.

This conference brings together scholars studying the causes and consequences of ethnic disparities in the labour market. We especially invite contributions that are crossnationally comparative, and contributions that focus on the causal analysis of ethnic inequalities, for example, using experimental designs.

Confirmed speakers

  • Michael Gaddis, University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles
  • Ruud Koopmans, WZB Berlin Social Science Centre
  • Kevin Stainback, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Doris Weichselbaumer, Johannes Kepler University Linz

The event is organized by the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Amsterdam Center for Inequality Studies (AMCIS). During the workshop, each paper will be discussed by a discussant and participants will be asked to act as a discussant for one of the papers presented. There is no conference fee; lunch and a conference dinner will be provided.

Submit paper

Please send your proposal for a contribution no later than 15 May to the organizer, Bram Lancee ( with in cc. Abstracts of a maximum of 300 words should include the title, name(s) and affiliation(s) of authors as well as specifying the main research question, methods and findings.


De Burcht, Amsterdam