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Incentivized Resume Rating: Eliciting Employer Preferences without Deception

We introduce a new experimental paradigm to evaluate employer preferences, called Incentivized Resume Rating (IRR). Employers evaluate resumes they know to be hypothetical in order to be matched with real job seekers, preserving incentives while avoiding the deception necessary in audit studies. We deploy IRR with employers recruiting college seniors from a prestigious school, randomizing human capital characteristics and demographics of hypothetical candidates. We measure both employer preferences for candidates and employer beliefs about the likelihood candidates will accept job offers, avoiding a typical confound in audit studies. We discuss the costs, benefits, and future applications of this new methodology.

Authors: 
Judd Kessler, University of Pennsylvania
Corinne Low, Columbia University
Colin D. Sullivan, University of Pennsylvania
Publication Date: 
June, 2019
Publication Status: 
Document Number: 
2019-039
File Description: 
First version, May 30, 2019