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Hiring People-Like-Yourself: A Representation of Discrimination on the Job Market

Centre Emile Bernheim Working Paper No. WP-CEB 07-021

9 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2007  

Ariane Szafarz

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Centre Emile Bernheim (CEB) & CERMi

Abstract

This paper offers a new representation of discrimination on the job market based on the most recent findings in the socio-psychological academic literature about human behavior. Put it simply, it is assumed that the agents prefer working with people like themselves. This affinity principle is modeled through a distance between an individual (the candidate for a job) and the staff of the firm. Contrary to the classical view according to which discrimination results from asymmetric information, this new model provides a rationale for the presence of discriminative attitudes on the job market even when full information is available on the skill levels of all candidates for a working position.

Keywords: discrimination, affinity, skill

JEL Classification: J71, J70

Suggested Citation

Szafarz, Ariane, Hiring People-Like-Yourself: A Representation of Discrimination on the Job Market. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1028949 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1028949

Ariane Szafarz (Contact Author)

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Centre Emile Bernheim (CEB) & CERMi ( email )

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Brussels 1050
Belgium

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