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Anne-Marie Valfort, OECD Print
Tuesday, 28 May 2019, 14:00 - 15:15

Anne-Marie Valfort, OECD

Invitation Discrimination and Hiring Discrimination

Abstract: Based on a correspondence study conducted in France, we show that fictitious low-skilled applicants in the private sector are one third less likely to be called back by the employers when they are of North-African rather than French origin. By contrast, the origin of the fictitious applicants does not impact their callback rate in the public sector. We run a survey revealing that recruiters display similarly strong negative discriminatory beliefs towards North Africans in both sectors. We present a model which shows that the absence of differences in callback rates in the public sector across both origins (i.e. no invitation discrimination) is compatible, in this context, with stronger hiring discrimination following the job interview. This result casts doubts on the ability of correspondence studies to detect hiring discrimination.

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