Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/184871
Authors: 
Baert, Stijn
Verhaest, Dieter
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 276
Abstract: 
We investigated the impact on first hiring outcomes of two main curriculum vitae (CV) characteristics by which graduates with a tertiary education degree distinguish themselves from their peers: degree class and extra-curricular activities. These characteristics were randomly assigned to 2,800 fictitious job applications that were sent to real vacancies in Belgium. Academic performance and extra-curricular engagement both enhanced job interview rates by about 7%. The effect of a higher degree class was driven by female (versus male) candidates and candidates with a master’s (versus a bachelor’s) degree. We did not find evidence for these CV characteristics to be substitutes or to reinforce each other’s effect.
Subjects: 
degree class
extra-curricular activities
hiring
field experiment
JEL: 
J23
J24
I23
C93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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