The matching hierarchies model: Evidence from a survey experiment on employers’ hiring intent regarding immigrant applicants

TitreThe matching hierarchies model: Evidence from a survey experiment on employers’ hiring intent regarding immigrant applicants
Type de publicationJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuteursAuer, D, Bonoli, G, Fossati, F, Liechti, F
JournalInternational Migration Review
Volume53
Nombre1
Pagination90–121
ISSN0197-9183
Résumé

We seek to understand why immigrants encounter labor market integration difficulties and thus propose a model that combines ethnic and occupational rankings to predict which candidates employers will favor for particular occupations (a matching hierarchies model). In a Swiss survey experiment, we found that employers’ evaluations of non-natives follow sociocultural distance perceptions and that a non-native background is a disadvantage mainly in high-skilled occupations. In low-skilled occupations, having an immigrant background is less detrimental. In elucidating disadvantage patterns, we conclude that it is important to consider contextual factors (occupational hierarchies) that may change the nature of nationality-based discrimination.

URLhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0197918318764872
DOI10.1177/0197918318764872