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Does university prestige lead to discrimination in the labour market? Evidence from a labour market field experiment in three countries

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January 28, 2021
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This research used an experiment to test whether employers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia prioritize university prestige over relevant skills when reviewing IT and accounting job applications. Results found that job applications that closely matched the job description were 79 per cent more likely to receive a call-back than applications that had a low skill match, whilst university prestige did not matter across sectors of the labour market and across countries.

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January 28, 2021

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ESRI Research Bulletin 202103