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Competition between Employed and Unemployed Job Applicants: Swedish evidence
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2006 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, ISSN 0347-0520, E-ISSN 1467-9442, Vol. 108, no 3, 373-396 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We use the Swedish Applicant Database to empirically investigate whether being unemployed per se reduces the probability of getting contacted by a firm. All searchers looking for a new job are invited to submit their personal details to this database over the Internet. Since we have access to exactly the same information as the firms, we can minimize the problems associated with unobserved heterogeneity. Our results show that an unemployed applicant faces a lower contact probability than an otherwise identical employed applicant, thus supporting the notion that firms view employment status as a signal for productivity.

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2006. Vol. 108, no 3, 373-396 p.
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Employed and unemployed job seekers, unobserved heterogeneity, discrimination
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-19965DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9442.2006.00462.xISI: 000241730800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-19965DiVA: diva2:47737
Available from: 2006-12-04 Created: 2006-12-04 Last updated: 2011-05-13Bibliographically approved

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