April 8 marks International Roma Day. The Roma are Europe’s largest ethnic minority group, whose members face high levels of discrimination in all areas of every-day life, education, employment, housing, healthcare and policing.
IZA fellow Martin Kahanec is one of the leading experts on the economic discrimination of Roma in Europe and co-editor (with IZA Director Klaus F. Zimmermann) of “Ethnic Diversity in European Labor Markets: Challenges and Solutions”.
Read his interview on the key challenges for European policymakers (or see the video). He also provides a survey on the economic literature on Roma integration in European labor markets in his recent IZA World of Labor article.
See these IZA discussion papers for more on Roma integration and discrimination:
- DP7668: The Consequences of Cumulative Discrimination: How Special Schooling Influences Employment and Wages of Roma in the Czech Republic
- DP5732: Roma Women in Athenian Firms: Do They Face Wage Bias?
- DP5397: Ethnic Minorities in the European Union: An Overview
- DP4208: “It’s not that I’m a racist, it’s that they are Roma”: Roma Discrimination and Returns to Education in South Eastern Europe