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Cultural filtering in the hiring process and its relationship to welfare reform

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  • Axelsen, Dan
  • Underwood, Daniel A.
  • Friesner, Dan

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In this paper, we perform an initial, exploratory analysis to determine whether firms use "cultural filters" as indirect and direct proxies for human capital when screening potential applicants for employment opportunities. Using data collected from three counties in Washington State, we find that these filters do, indeed, influence hiring decisions. As a result, it may be advantageous for policy makers to consider restructuring welfare policies to account for the effects of these cultural filters.

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  • Axelsen, Dan & Underwood, Daniel A. & Friesner, Dan, 2009. "Cultural filtering in the hiring process and its relationship to welfare reform," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 38(3), pages 495-508, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:38:y:2009:i:3:p:495-508
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