Do Employers Use Unemployment as a Sorting Criterion When Hiring? Evidence from a Field Experiment

@article{Eriksson2014DoEU,
  title={Do Employers Use Unemployment as a Sorting Criterion When Hiring? Evidence from a Field Experiment},
  author={S. Eriksson and Dan-Olof Rooth},
  journal={European Economics: Labor & Social Conditions eJournal},
  year={2014}
}
  • S. Eriksson, Dan-Olof Rooth
  • Published 2014
  • Economics
  • European Economics: Labor & Social Conditions eJournal
  • In this paper, we use unique data from a field experiment in the Swedish labor market to investigate how past and contemporary unemployment affect a young worker's probability of being invited to a job interview. In contrast to studies using registry/survey data, we have complete control over the information available to the employers and there is no scope for unobserved heterogeneity. We find no evidence that recruiting employers use information about past unemployment to sort workers, but… CONTINUE READING
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