Discrimination in hiring against immigrants and ethnic minorities: the effect of unionization

Harcourt, Mark and Lam, H. and Harcourt, S. and Flynn, Matthew (2008) Discrimination in hiring against immigrants and ethnic minorities: the effect of unionization. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19 (1). pp. 98-115. ISSN 0958-5192

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Abstract

There has been a long debate concerning whether unions are exclusive or inclusive
with respect to immigrants and ethnic minorities. In the exclusive view of unions,
unionization is expected to increase the likelihood of employers asking questions that
discriminate against immigrants and ethnic minorities and decrease the likelihood of
employers asking Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) questions related to immigrant
or ethnic minority status. The contrary is expected for the inclusive view. Our analysis,
using New Zealand data for job applications, provides some support for the inclusive
view of unions, as the higher the unionization rate, the more likely EEO information is
sought, but no relationship is found between unionization rate and discriminatory
questioning. This suggests that unions are probably helpful in promoting diversity but
not yet in combating discrimination against immigrants and ethnic minorities in hiring.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
ISI Impact: 2
Item ID: 9278
Depositing User: Dr Matthew Flynn
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2012 10:15
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 13:01
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/9278

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