Hiring Discrimination Against Pro-Union Applicants: The Role of Union Density and Firm Size
30 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2014
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
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