Valentina Di Stasio

Utrecht University

“A fair recruitment process? Mismatch between people’s perceptions and evidence from field experiments on hiring discrimination”

Valentina Di Stasio is Assistant Professor at Utrecht University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Skill Formation and Labour Markets research unit and a fellow of the College for Interdisciplinary Education Research (CIDER) until 12/2015. After leaving the WZB, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at the University of Oxford (Nuffield College), where she coordinated a field experiment to test ethnic, gender and religious discrimination in the British labour market. This study is part of the GEMM project (see GEMM project:, the first cross-nationally harmonized correspondence test conducted simultaneously in five countries. Valentina obtained her PhD from the University of Amsterdam, where she also worked as a postdoctoral researcher. Her dissertation, titled ‘Why education matters to employers: A vignette study in Italy, England and the Netherlands’ was a comparative study of whether and why employers rely on educational signals for their hiring decisions. The dissertation was awarded a prize for “Best PhD thesis of the year” by the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR). Her current research interests include social stratification, discrimination, immigrant integration, sociology of education, organizational sociology. Her research draws on various methods, including quantitative analysis of secondary data, survey and field experiments.

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