First Depressed, then Discriminated Against?

15 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2014

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Stijn Baert

Ghent University; University of Antwerp; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Sarah De Visschere

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Koen J. L. Schoors

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Centre for Russian International Socio-Political and Economic Studies (CERISE); Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of General Economics

Eddy Omey

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Abstract

This study assesses hiring discrimination based on disclosed depression. We send out pairs of job applications from fictitious unemployed candidates to real vacancies in Belgium. Within each pair, one candidate cites depression as the reason for her/his unemployment, whereas the other candidate reveals no reason for unemployment. Overall, the hypothesis that applicants disclosing former depression are treated unfavourably is rejected. However, if we break up the data by the gender of the recruiter, we see that revealing former depression as a reason for unemployment is rewarded by female recruiters, whereas it affects the hiring decisions made by male recruiters in a non-positive way.

Keywords: economics of health, depression, hiring discrimination, field experiments

JEL Classification: I14, J71, C93

Suggested Citation

Baert, Stijn and De Visschere, Sarah and Schoors, Koen J. L. and Omey, Eddy, First Depressed, then Discriminated Against?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8320. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2468496

Stijn Baert (Contact Author)

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Sarah De Visschere

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

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Koen J. L. Schoors

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Centre for Russian International Socio-Political and Economic Studies (CERISE) ( email )

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Belgium
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Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - Department of General Economics ( email )

Tweekerkenstraat 2
Ghent, 9000
Belgium
+32 9 264 34 78 (Phone)
+32 9 264 35 99 (Fax)

Eddy Omey

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

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