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Do Employers Discriminate Less if Vacancies Are Difficult to Fill? Evidence From a Field Experiment

Stijn Baert (), Bart Cockx (), Niels Gheyle () and Cora Vandamme ()
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Niels Gheyle: Ghent University - Sherppa
Cora Vandamme: Ghent University - Sherppa

No 2013001, Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) from Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES)

Abstract: We empirically test the relationship between hiring discrimination and labour market tightness at the level of the occupation. To this end, we conduct a correspondence test in the youth labour market. In line with theoretical expectations, we find that, compared to natives, candidates with a foreign sounding name are equally often invited to a job interview if they apply for occupations for which vacancies are difficult to fill, but they have to send twice as many applications for occupations for which labour market tightness is low. Our findings are robust against various sensitivity checks.

Keywords: hiring discrimination; ethnic discrimination; labour market tightness; field experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 J15 J21 J24 J42 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2013-01-23
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