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

  • Manuel Bagues

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  • Maria Jose Perez-Villadoniga

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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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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía de la Empresa in its series Business Economics Working Papers with number wb090562.

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Handle: RePEc:cte:wbrepe:wb090562
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