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The Reluctance of Firms to Interview the Long-Term Unemployed

Gregor Jarosch and Laura Pilossoph
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Gregor Jarosch: Stanford University

No 20160803, Liberty Street Economics from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: Estimates from the Current Population Survey show that the probability of finding a job declines the longer one is unemployed. Is this due to a loss of skills from being unemployed, employer discrimination against the long-term unemployed, or are there characteristics of workers in this segment of the workforce that lower their probability of finding a job? Studies that send out fictitious resumes find that employers do consider the length of unemployment in deciding whom to interview. Our recent work examines how such employer screening based on unemployment duration ultimately affects job-finding rates and long-term unemployment.

Keywords: Unemployment; Discrimination (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E2 J00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-08-03
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