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Do recruiters prefer applicants with similar skills? Evidence from a randomized natural experiment

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  • Bagues, Manuel F.
  • Pérez Villadóniga, María José

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In this paper we examine the potential existence of a similar-to-me effect in terms of skills between recruiters and applicants. Using evidence from entry exams to the Spanish Judiciary, where applicants are randomly assigned across evaluation committees, we find that committee members tend to be more demanding at those stages where they are more knowledgeable. As a result, applicants who excel in the same dimensions as recruiters are more likely to be hired

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  • Bagues, Manuel F. & Pérez Villadóniga, María José, 2009. "Do recruiters prefer applicants with similar skills? Evidence from a randomized natural experiment," DEE - Working Papers. Business Economics. WB wb090562, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía de la Empresa.
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    Hiring;

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    • M51 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Firm Employment Decisions; Promotions
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets

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