Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/103506
Authors: 
Baert, Stijn
Omey, Eddy
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8516
Abstract: 
We study the causal impact of revealing pro-unionism during the recruitment stage on hiring chances. To this end, we conduct a randomised field experiment in the Belgian labour market. When matched with employer and sector data, the experimentally gathered data enable us to test the heterogeneity of discrimination against pro-union applicants by the union density in the sector and the size of the firm. We find that disclosure of pro-unionism affects hiring chances in a negative way and that – in line with our expectations based on the literature – this negative impact is stronger in highly unionised sectors.
Subjects: 
hiring discrimination
union density
trade unions
randomised field experiments
JEL: 
J53
J71
C93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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