Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/101917
Authors: 
Baert, Stijn
Verhaest, Dieter
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8312
Abstract: 
This study aims at estimating the stigma effect of unemployment and overeducation within one framework. To this end, we conduct a field experiment in the Belgian labour market. We send out trios of fictitious male job applications to real vacancies. These applications differ only by the labour market history of the candidates. By monitoring the subsequent reactions from the employer side, we find evidence for a larger stigma effect of unemployment than overeducation. The stigma effect of overeducation is found to occur for permanent contract jobs but not temporary ones.
Subjects: 
unemployment signalling
overeducation signalling
transitions in youth
JEL: 
J24
J60
C93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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