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How does labour market history influence the access to hiring interviews?

Emmanuel Duguet (ERUDITE, TEPP Federation, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Université Paris-Est Créteil, Créteil, France) (Centre d’Etudes de l’Emploi et du Travail, Marne-la-Vallee, France)
Rémi Le Gall (ERUDITE, TEPP Federation, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Marne-la-Vallee, France)
Yannick L’Horty (ERUDITE, TEPP Federation, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Marne-la-Vallee, France)
Pascale Petit (ERUDITE, TEPP Federation, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Marne-la-Vallee, France)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Publication date: 2 July 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide evidence of the effect of labour market status on the current probability to be invited to a hiring interview. The authors compare the effect of periods of unemployment, part-time job and short-term contracts (STCs).

Design/methodology/approach

Correspondence tests were conducted for accountants and sales assistants. The authors estimate the discrimination components from the response rate of each candidate by the asymptotic least squares method.

Findings

The authors find that men with a part-time profile suffer discrimination in both professions. Other differences of treatment are specific: for accountants, the authors find that the probability of success decreases with the time spent in unemployment, while for sales assistants the probability of success is smaller with a history of STCs.

Originality/value

This study compares the effect of different dimensions of career history (part-time versus full-time, permanent versus short-term, unemployment versus employment) for experienced job candidates. It also proposes an alternative way to exploit the design of a correspondence experiment.

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Acknowledgements

This study was carried out as part of a research agreement with the French National Employment Agency (Pole emploi). It was benefited from the comments by members of the Scientific Council of Pole emploi and by François Aventur and Anita Bonnet.

Citation

Duguet, E., Le Gall, R., L’Horty, Y. and Petit, P. (2018), "How does labour market history influence the access to hiring interviews?", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 39 No. 4, pp. 519-533. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJM-09-2017-0231

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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