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Hiring discrimination based on national origin and competition between the employed and unemployed job seekers


  • Guillaume Pierné

    () (Centre d’Études des Politiques Économiques de l’Université d'Evry EPEE and TEPP CNRS)


This study uses the findings of a test carried out by correspondence in order to assess separately the potential hiring effects of North African origin and signaling of employment and unemployment in the French construction sector. We constructed four jobseeker profiles, each representing a particular situation with respect to national origin and job status, and we sent 1204 resumés in reply to 301 job vacancies advertised from mid April to mid September 2011 in Paris and its suburbs. We find evidences of significant hiring discrimination against applicants of North African origin, regardless of their job status. Signaling unemployment seems to be penalizing only for North Africans applicants. We cannot however affirm that unemployed applicants are more penalized by their national origin than the employed ones.

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  • Guillaume Pierné, 2013. "Hiring discrimination based on national origin and competition between the employed and unemployed job seekers," Documents de recherche 13-07, Centre d'Études des Politiques Économiques (EPEE), Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne.
  • Handle: RePEc:eve:wpaper:13-07

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    hiring discrimination; field experiment; national origin; unemployment;

    JEL classification:

    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination

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