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The Signal of Applying for a Job Under a Vacancy Referral Scheme

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

© 2019 The Regents of the University of California We investigate the signalling effect related to participation in active labor-market programs. To this end, we conduct an experiment in which human resources professionals make hiring decisions concerning fictitious job candidates who apply either under a job-vacancy referral system or directly. We provide first causal evidence for a substantial adverse effect of referral on the probability of being hired. In addition, we find that employers perceive referred candidates as being less motivated than other candidates.
Journal: Industrial Relations
ISSN: 0019-8676
Issue: 2
Volume: 58
Pages: 251 - 274
Publication year:2019
BOF-publication weight:1
CSS-citation score:2
Authors from:Higher Education