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Determinants of callbacks to job applications: An audit study

Author(s): Farber, Henry S.; Silverman, D; Von Wachter, T

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Abstract: We summarize findings from an audit study investigating how unemployment duration, age, and holding a low-level "interim" job affect the likelihood that experienced college-educated females applying for administrative support jobs receive a callback from potential employers. The results show no relationship between callback rates and unemployment duration. In contrast, workers age 50 and older and workers with an "interim" job are significantly less likely to receive callbacks. We also summarize disparate findings in the growing literature of resume-based audit studies of career histories, and discuss avenues in which the literature could achieve results that are more comparable and externally valid.
Publication Date: May-2016
Citation: Farber, HS, Silverman, D, Von Wachter, T. (2016). Determinants of callbacks to job applications: An audit study. American Economic Review, 106 (5), 314 - 318. doi:10.1257/aer.p20161010
DOI: doi:10.1257/aer.p20161010
ISSN: 0002-8282
Pages: 314 - 318
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: American Economic Review
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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