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Evaluation, of job candidates for example, often takes place in a sequence. In this video, JONAS RADBRUCH investigates how this sequential process influences outcomes. Studying data from an admissions as well as a hiring process, the work demonstrates that the immediately preceding candidate in a sequence has a very striking influence on the chances of success for the person that follows. The research calls for more work to explore how we can reduce bias in this and similar situations where sequences have a central part to play in the decision making process.


Jonas Radbruch is a research affiliate at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn. He completed his PhD in the University of Bonn’s Graduate School of Economics in 2020. Radbruch’smain research interests are behavioral economics, organizational economics and labor economics. Along with a number of academic publications, Radbruch has also written for Die Zeit. He has twice won excellence in teaching awards, in fall 2016 and summer 2017.


The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) TR 224 – EPoS

The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) TR 224 – EPoS is a cooperation between the University of Bonn and the University of Mannheim. Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), it aims to analyze and provide policy proposals that address three key societal challenges: how to promote equality of opportunity; how to regulate markets in light of the internationalization and digitalization of economic activity; and how to safeguard the stability of the financial system.

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Original publication

Interview Sequences and the Formation of Subjective Assessments

Schiprowski Amelie and Radbruch Jonas
Published in 2021

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