The gap between immigration and employment: A policy-capturing analysis of ethnicity-driven selection biases

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Title The gap between immigration and employment: A policy-capturing analysis of ethnicity-driven selection biases
Author Wilson, Marie Gee; Parker, Polly
Journal Name New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations
Year Published 2007
Place of publication New Zealand
Publisher ER Publishing Ltd
Abstract Research over the past two decades has identified the impact of job irrelevant variables on selection decisions. Many of these variables reflect stereotypes associated with ethnicity, age or other factors. This study uses a short-listing simulation with 183 New Zealand managers to assess the impact of ethnicity, migration status on short-listing in a condition of labour scarcity. The policycapturing approach was complemented by in-depth interviews. The findings include significant schema-driven, selection penalties for minority and migrant applicants that are moderated by worker scarcity. This supports new models of social categorisation that include employer motivation in selection decision-making. At a practical level, it suggests that a 'screen in' approach to short-listing may reduce employment discrimination.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.nzjournal.org/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 ER Publishing. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 32
Issue Number 1
Page from 28
Page to 44
ISSN 1176-4716
Date Accessioned 2009-04-27
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Human Resources Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/26800
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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