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Warm and competent Hassan = cold and incompetent Eric: A harsh equation of real-life hiring discrimination

Publiceringsår: 2012
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 359-366
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Basic and Applied Social Psychology
Volym: 34
Nummer: 4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Taylor & Francis


In a field experiment, we sent out 5,636 job applications varying how Swedish (in-group) and Arab (out-group) applicants presented themselves in terms of two fundamental dimensions of social judgment: warmth and competence. Results indicate substantial discrimination where Arab applicants receive fewer invitations to job interviews. Conveying a warmer or more competent personality increases invitations. However, appearing both warm and competent seems to be especially important for Arab applicants. Arab applicants need to appear warmer and more competent than Swedish applicants to be invited equally often. The practical importance of signaling warmth and competence in labor market contexts is discussed.


  • Psychology
  • Ethnicity
  • warmth
  • competence
  • hiring discrimination


  • ISSN: 1532-4834

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