Disclosure Discrimination: An Experiment Focusing on Communication in the Hiring Process

CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 743

87 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2023

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Sona Badalyan

Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Darya Korlyakova

Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Rastislav Rehak

Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Date Written: February 5, 2023

Abstract

We focus on communication among hiring team members and document the existence of discrimination in the disclosure of information about candidates. In particular, we conduct an online experiment with a nationally representative sample of Czech individuals who act as human resource assistants and hiring managers in our online labor market. The main novel feature of our experiment is the monitoring of information flow between human resource assistants and hiring managers. We exogenously manipulate candidates' names to explore the causal effects of their gender and nationality on information that assistants select for managers. Our findings reveal that assistants disclose more information about family and less information about work for female candidates relative to male candidates. An in-depth analysis of the disclosed information suggests that gender stereotypes play an important role in this disclosure discrimination. Furthermore, assistants disclose less information about foreigners overall. This effect appears to be driven by the less attention assistants are willing to devote to the CVs of foreigners, measured by the extra effort to learn more about the candidates.

Keywords: Information, Disclosure, Hiring, Discrimination, Foreigners, Women, Online Experiment

JEL Classification: C90, D83, J71

Suggested Citation

Badalyan, Sona and Korlyakova, Darya and Rehak, Rastislav, Disclosure Discrimination: An Experiment Focusing on Communication in the Hiring Process (February 5, 2023). CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 743, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4367481 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4367481

Sona Badalyan (Contact Author)

Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences ( email )

Politickych veznu 7
Prague, 111 21
Czech Republic

Darya Korlyakova

Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences ( email )

Politickych veznu 7
Prague, 111 21
Czech Republic

Rastislav Rehak

Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences ( email )

Politickych veznu 7
Prague, 111 21
Czech Republic

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