Factors determining callbacks to job applications by the unemployed: An audit study

Henry S. Farber, Dan Silverman Professor, Till M. Von Wachter

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Abstract

We use an audit study approach to investigate how unemployment duration, age, and holding a low-level interim job while applying for a better job affect the likelihood that experienced college-educated females applying for an administrative support job receive a callback from potential employers. First, the results show no relationship between callback rates and unemployment duration. Second, workers age fifty and older are significantly less likely to receive a callback. Third, taking an interim job significantly reduces the likelihood of receiving a callback. Finally, employers who have higher callback rates respond less to observable differences across workers in determining whom to call back.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-201
Number of pages34
JournalRSF
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

Keywords

  • Age discrimination
  • Audit study
  • Interim jobs
  • Job finding
  • Unemployment duration

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