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

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  • Eriksson, Stefan

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    (Department of Economics)

  • Lagerström, Jonas

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    (Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation (IFAU))

Abstract

This paper uses data from an Internet-based CV database to investigate how factors which may be used as a basis for discrimination, such as the searchers’ ethnicity, gender, age and employment status, affect the number of contacts they receive from firms. Since we have access to essentially the same information as the firms, we can handle the problems associated with nobserved heterogeneity better than most existing studies of discrimination. We find that, even when we control for other differences, searchers who have non-Nordic names, are old or unemployed receive significantly fewer contacts. Moreover, we find that this matters for the hiring outcome: Searchers who receive more contacts have a higher probability of actually getting hired.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2007:29.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 12 Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2007_029

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Keywords: Job Search; Unobserved Heterogeneity; Discrimination;

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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," Working Paper Series, Center for Labor Studies 2012:16, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  2. 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).
  3. Bøg, Martin & Kranendonk, Erik, 2011. "Labor market discrimination of minorities? yes, but not in job offers," MPRA Paper 33332, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Stefan Eriksson & Jonas Lagerström, 2012. "The Labor Market Consequences of Gender Differences in Job Search," Journal of Labor Research, Springer, vol. 33(3), pages 303-327, September.

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