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The Ways of Selecting Applicants Diversity Speaks in Favour of Diversity

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  • Guillemette de Larquier
  • Emmanuelle Marchal

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This article addresses diversity in hiring processes, its reasons and its consequences. Using the French OFER survey on the hiring practices of 3,584 firms in 2005, we investigate how firms organise the selection of job applicants and analyse the outcome of this selection in regard to the profiles of successful applicants. The data analysis reveals four types of screening processes: an informal process (streamlined) and three formalised processes (written-based, testing, and professionalised). The use of a type of screening process depends on the characteristics of the establishments and occupations and is associated with the recruitment channel. Finally, logit regressions show that each recruitment channel and each type of screening process favours and penalises different categories of applicants (e.g., women, unemployed or inactive individuals or individuals with no diploma).

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  • Guillemette de Larquier & Emmanuelle Marchal, 2014. "The Ways of Selecting Applicants Diversity Speaks in Favour of Diversity," EconomiX Working Papers 2014-42, University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX.
  • Handle: RePEc:drm:wpaper:2014-42
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    Keywords

    hiring process; screening methods; recruitment channels; diversity.;

    JEL classification:

    • J01 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics: General
    • M5 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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