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College Students on the Job Market and the Screening of Prospective Employers: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in China


  • Zhang, Jian
  • Li, Tao
  • Wang, Haigang


In this paper, relying on an experiment, we find that among all the student characteristics, only gender plays a significant role in determining the probability obtaining an onsite interview. Other things being equal, male students are much more likely to be invited for a job interview. In addition, the other characteristics of a female applicant, for example, excellence in academic performance, student leadership and strong English skill, cannot mitigate the female disadvantage.

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  • Zhang, Jian & Li, Tao & Wang, Haigang, 2016. "College Students on the Job Market and the Screening of Prospective Employers: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in China," 2016 Annual Meeting, July 31-August 2, Boston, Massachusetts 235568, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aaea16:235568
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.235568

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    International Development; Labor and Human Capital;

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