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Seminarios académicos y conferencias

Francisco Pino, Universidad de Chile-FEN

"The runner-up effect in the allocation of public sector jobs"

6 Junio 2018 - 15:30 hrs.

Sala de postgrados, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas UC

Abstract: We document that second-best-placed candidates to high-level public sector job openings are more likely than close third-best placed to be part of the final roster in subsequent job openings. The effect is strengthened if the runner-up participates in subsequent job openings where the selection committee was likely to remain unchanged. We find no robust effect on the probability of runners-up applying to subsequent job openings or finally getting the position. We interpret these results as evidence of selection committees having a positive bias when re-evaluating the runner-up.