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Detecting discrimination in the hiring process: evidence from an Internet-based search channel

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  • Stefan Eriksson

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  • Jonas Lagerström

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This article uses data from an Internet-based CV database to study how job searchers’ ethnicity, employment status, age, and gender affect how often they are contacted by firms. Since we know which types of information that are available to the recruiting firms, we can handle some of the problems with unobserved heterogeneity better than many existing discrimination studies. We find that searchers who have non-Nordic names, are unemployed or old get significantly fewer firm contacts. Moreover, this matters for the hiring outcome: searchers who get more contacts have a higher probability of getting hired. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2012

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Empirical Economics.

Volume (Year): 43 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (October)
Pages: 537-563

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Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:43:y:2012:i:2:p:537-563

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Keywords: Job search; Unobserved heterogeneity; Discrimination; Ethnicity; Employment status; Age; J64; J71;

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  1. Eriksson, Stefan & Johansson, Per & Langenskiöld, Sophie, 2012. "What is the Right Profile for Getting a Job? A Stated Choice Experiment of the Recruitment Process," IZA Discussion Papers 6691, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Bøg, Martin & Kranendonk, Erik, 2011. "Labor market discrimination of minorities? yes, but not in job offers," MPRA Paper 33332, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Eriksson, Stefan & Lagerström, Jonas, 2008. "The Labor Market Consequences of Gender Differences in Job Search," Working Paper Series 2008:10, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  4. Eriksson, Stefan & Rooth, Dan-Olof, 2011. "Do Employers Use Unemployment as a Sorting Criterion When Hiring? Evidence from a Field Experiment," IZA Discussion Papers 6235, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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