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Hiring on the basis of expected productivity in a South African clothing firm [electronic resource] / Paul Frijters
Bib ID 6100689
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Author
Frijters, Paul
 
Online Access
Online Versions
Description Brisbane, Qld. : School of Economics, University of Queensland, 1998 
Series

Discussion paper (University of Queensland. School of Economics : Online) ; 441. 1833-1068

PANDORA electronic collection.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Online. Address as at 17/09/2012: http://www.uq.edu.au/economics/441-hiring-on-the-basis-of-expected-productivity-in-a-south-african-clothing-firm 

System requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader to read PDF file. 

Summary

Using information from the personnel files of a South African clothing firm, I explore the in and outflow of weekly paid workers. These employees form a separate labour market within the company. Data was available concerning both the productivity of current workers, and the characteristics of rejected applicants and fired workers. This makes it possible to identify the characteristics which are screened out at entry and the characteristics that influence productivity. This allows for an empirical analysis of discrimination at job-entry. Hiring decisions were found to be consistent with expected productivity. The observed screening out of African workers at job entry could be explained by statistical discrimination, i.e., the actual productivity of African workers in this firm was found to be significantly lower than the productivity of workers of other ethnic backgrounds. The effect of education on productivity was found to be very small.

Notes

Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 17, 2012)

Includes bibliographical references (p. 15-16)

Text and graphics.

Selected for archiving

Subjects Employees -- Recruiting -- South Africa -- Econometric models.  |  Employees -- South Africa -- Econometric models.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors University of Queensland. School of Economics

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