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Hiring discrimination against pro-union applicants: the role of union density and firm size

Stijn Baert (UGent) and Eddy Omey (UGent)
(2015) ECONOMIST-NETHERLANDS. 163(3). p.263-280
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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.
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industrial relations, randomised field experiments, hiring discrimination, union density, trade unions, MEMBERSHIP, FIELD

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Baert, Stijn, and Eddy Omey. 2015. “Hiring Discrimination Against Pro-union Applicants: The Role of Union Density and Firm Size.” Economist-netherlands 163 (3): 263–280.
APA
Baert, Stijn, & Omey, E. (2015). Hiring discrimination against pro-union applicants: the role of union density and firm size. ECONOMIST-NETHERLANDS, 163(3), 263–280.
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Baert S, Omey E. Hiring discrimination against pro-union applicants: the role of union density and firm size. ECONOMIST-NETHERLANDS. 2015;163(3):263–80.
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Baert, Stijn, and Eddy Omey. “Hiring Discrimination Against Pro-union Applicants: The Role of Union Density and Firm Size.” ECONOMIST-NETHERLANDS 163.3 (2015): 263–280. Print.
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  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.},
  author       = {Baert, Stijn and Omey, Eddy},
  issn         = {0013-063X},
  journal      = {ECONOMIST-NETHERLANDS},
  keyword      = {industrial relations,randomised field experiments,hiring discrimination,union density,trade unions,MEMBERSHIP,FIELD},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {263--280},
  title        = {Hiring discrimination against pro-union applicants: the role of union density and firm size},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10645-015-9252-1},
  volume       = {163},
  year         = {2015},
}

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