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Anonymous Job Applications in Europe

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  • Krause, Annabelle

    ()
    (IZA)

  • Rinne, Ulf

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    (IZA)

  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.

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    (IZA and University of Bonn)

Abstract

Numerous empirical studies find a substantial extent of discrimination in hiring decisions. Anonymous job applications have gained attention and popularity to identify and combat this form of discrimination. To test whether their intended effects result in practice, in several European countries such as Sweden, France and the Netherlands field experiments were recently conducted. Also in Germany, a large field experiment has examined the practicability and potentials of this approach. Against the background of the recent German findings as novel evidence, this paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of this new policy proposal.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7096.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2012
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Publication status: published in: IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, 2012, 1, Article 5 [Open Access]
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  1. Kaiser, Lutz C., 2014. "The Gender-Career Estimation Gap," IZA Discussion Papers 8185, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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