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Factors Determining Callbacks to Job Applications by the Unemployed: An Audit Study

By Henry S Farber, Dan Silverman and Till von Wachter

Abstract

We use an audit study approach to investigate how unemployment duration, age, and holding a low-level "interim" job affect the likelihood that experienced college- educated females applying for an administrative support job receive a callback from a potential employer. First, the results show no relationship between callback rates and the duration of unemployment. Second, workers age 50 and older are significantly less likely to receive a callback. Third, taking an interim job significantly reduces the likelihood of receiving a callback. Finally, employers who have higher callback rates respond less to observable differences across workers in determining whom to call back. We interpret these results in the context of a model of employer learning about applicant quality

Topics: J64, ddc:330, audit study, unemployment duration, interim job, age discrimination
Publisher: Bonn: Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Year: 2015
OAI identifier: oai:econstor.eu:10419/124978
Provided by: EconStor

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