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Testing for redlining in the labor market

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  • Yannick L'Horty
  • Mathieu Bunel
  • Pascale Petit

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When an employer refuses to recruit a job applicant due to the applicant's place of residence, we speak of redlining in the labour market. There are two explanations for this practice by the employer. The first is the excessive distance between the applicant's place of residence and the workplace, justified by a logic of spatial mismatch. The second is based on the characteristics of the neighbourhood in line with a signal logic. We propose to measure the effects of these two mechanisms using a correspondence test conducted in the Paris region of France for two occupations: waiters and cooks. It appears that distance plays a significant role and reinforces the effect of a disreputable neighbourhood. The most deprived neighbourhoods combine these two types of drawbacks.
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  • Yannick L'Horty & Mathieu Bunel & Pascale Petit, 2019. "Testing for redlining in the labor market," TEPP Working Paper 2019-03, TEPP.
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