Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/101875
Authors: 
Baert, Stijn
De Visschere, Sarah
Schoors, Koen
Omey, Eddy
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8320
Abstract: 
This study assesses hiring discrimination based on disclosed depression. We send out pairs of job applications from fictitious unemployed candidates to real vacancies in Belgium. Within each pair, one candidate cites depression as the reason for her/his unemployment, whereas the other candidate reveals no reason for unemployment. Overall, the hypothesis that applicants disclosing former depression are treated unfavourably is rejected. However, if we break up the data by the gender of the recruiter, we see that revealing former depression as a reason for unemployment is rewarded by female recruiters, whereas it affects the hiring decisions made by male recruiters in a non-positive way.
Subjects: 
economics of health
depression
hiring discrimination
field experiments
JEL: 
I14
J71
C93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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