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Hiring Discrimination Against Pro-union Applicants: The Role of Union Density and Firm Size

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  • Stijn Baert
  • Eddy Omey

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We study the causal impact of revealing pro-unionism during the recruitment stage on hiring chances. To this end, we conduct a randomised field experiment in the Belgian labour market. When matched with employer and sector data, the experimentally gathered data enable us to test the heterogeneity of discrimination against pro-union applicants by the union density in the sector and the size of the firm. We find that disclosure of pro-unionism affects hiring chances in a negative way and that—in line with our expectations based on the literature—this negative impact is stronger in highly unionised sectors. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

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  • Stijn Baert & Eddy Omey, 2015. "Hiring Discrimination Against Pro-union Applicants: The Role of Union Density and Firm Size," De Economist, Springer, vol. 163(3), pages 263-280, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:decono:v:163:y:2015:i:3:p:263-280
    DOI: 10.1007/s10645-015-9252-1
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    Keywords

    Trade unions; Union density; Hiring discrimination; Randomised field experiments; Industrial relations; J53; J71; C93;
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    JEL classification:

    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments

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