Université de Neuchâtel

The Signaling Value of Labor Market Programs

Liechti, Fabienne ; Fossati, Flavia ; Bonoli, Giuliano ; Auer, Daniel

(nccr on the move ; 9)

This paper investigates how employers interpret participation in active labor market programs for hiring decisions. Drawing on signaling theory, we assume that employers use program participation as a signal for a candidate’s qualities. On the basis of a factorial survey experiment, we simulated a hiring process for two job positions, a low and mid-skilled one, in the hotel sector. Recruiters...

Université de Neuchâtel

It’s Discrimination, Stupid: Labour Market (Re-) Entry Difficulties among Different Immigrant Groups in Switzerland

Auer, Daniel ; Bonoli, Giuliano ; Fossati, Flavia

(nccr on the move ; 2)

We start from the empirical observation that unemployed migrants from Africa and Ex-Yugoslavia have more difficulties when trying to re-enter the labour market as compared to migrants from Portugal. Based on a unique dataset of newly unemployed individuals in the Swiss Canton of Vaud, we set out to analyse the reasons for the large difference in the length of unemployment spells by testing the...