Hiring Discrimination Against Pro-Union Applicants: The Role of Union Density and Firm Size

30 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2014

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Stijn Baert

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

Eddy Omey

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Abstract

We study the causal impact of revealing pro-unionism during the recruitment stage on hiring chances. To this end, we conduct a randomised field experiment in the Belgian labour market. When matched with employer and sector data, the experimentally gathered data enable us to test the heterogeneity of discrimination against pro-union applicants by the union density in the sector and the size of the firm. We find that disclosure of pro-unionism affects hiring chances in a negative way and that – in line with our expectations based on the literature – this negative impact is stronger in highly unionised sectors.

Keywords: hiring discrimination, union density, trade unions, randomised field experiments

JEL Classification: J53, J71, C93

Suggested Citation

Baert, Stijn and Omey, Eddy, Hiring Discrimination Against Pro-Union Applicants: The Role of Union Density and Firm Size. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8516. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2505378

Stijn Baert (Contact Author)

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University of Antwerp ( email )

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Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) ( email )

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Eddy Omey

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

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