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Long-term unemployed through the eyes of recruiters: Less motivated, less talented and less trainable

Recent research has shown that employers are reluctant to hire long-term unemployed: the longer job candidates’ unemployment spell, the lower is their chance of a positive reaction. In a new IZA Discussion Paper, scholars from Ghent University, KU Leuven, Vrije … Continue reading

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Discrimination against female migrants wearing a headscarf

Germany is currently experiencing a high influx of Muslim migrants. Their labor market integration is a crucial policy goal. However, females with backgrounds of migration from Muslim countries, and especially of those wearing headscarves, are still faced with high levels … Continue reading

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Women’s chances in STEM fields better than often thought

One of the most common explanations why women are underrepresented in many areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is that a hiring bias against women exists in those fields. A new study by Thomas Breda and Mélina Hillion, … Continue reading

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Should firms fill vacancies with own workers or outside hires?

Recruitment is one of the most important decisions businesses face. To ensure productivity and profitability remains high it is crucial that the right people are in the right roles within the company. However, there is an important decision to make when … Continue reading

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Employers will check you out! Facebook profile pictures affect hiring chances

What many have already suspected has now been scientifically proven: Employers are screening job candidates through Facebook. In fact, your Facebook profile picture affects your callback chances about as strongly as the picture on your resume. This is the finding … Continue reading

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Minimum wages impede job growth in the long run

There is hardly any other topic in the economics profession with more diverging opinions, empirical evidence and policy recommendations than the effect of minimum wages on employment. Jonathan Meer (Texas A&M University and NBER) and Jeremy West (MIT) provide a … Continue reading

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David Neumark on the employment effects of minimum wages

In a video interview, IZA Fellow David Neumark (University of California, Irvine) talks about the employment effects of minimum wages – one of the most hotly debated issues in labor economics. Although a minimum wage policy is intended to ensure … Continue reading

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