The Resource Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal? / : a field experiment on labor market discrimination, Marianne Bertrand [and] Sendhil Mullainathan., (electronic resource)

Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal? / : a field experiment on labor market discrimination, Marianne Bertrand [and] Sendhil Mullainathan., (electronic resource)

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Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal? / : a field experiment on labor market discrimination
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Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal? /
Title remainder
a field experiment on labor market discrimination
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Marianne Bertrand [and] Sendhil Mullainathan.
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Summary
We perform a field experiment to measure racial discrimination in the labor market. We respond with fictitious resumes tohelp-wanted ads in Boston and Chicago newspapers. To manipulate perception of race, each resume is randomly assigned either a very African American sounding name or a very White sounding name. The results show significant discrimination against African-American names: White names receive 50 percent more callbacks for interviews. We also find that race affects the benefits of a better resume. For White names, a higher quality resume elicits 30 percent more callbacks whereas for African Americans, it elicits a far smaller increase. Applicants living in better neighborhoods receive more callbacks but, interestingly, this effect does not differ by race. The amount of discrimination is uniform across occupations and industries. Federal contractors and employers who list "Equal Opportunity Employer" in their ad discriminate as much as other employers. We find little evidence that our results are driven by employers inferring something other than race, such as social class, from the names. These results suggest that racial discrimination is still a prominent feature of the labor market. Keywords: Discrimination, Race, Field Studies, Randomized Experiments, Stereotypes, Prejudice Statistical Discrimination, Hiring Practices, Employment, Human Capital. JEL Classification: J7, J71, J23, J24, J63, J82, C93
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Abstract in HTML and working paper for download in PDF available via World Wide Web at the Social Science Research Network.
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Bertrand, Marianne
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • bibliography
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  • Mullainathan, Sendhil
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Working paper series / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Economics
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working paper 03-22
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Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal? / : a field experiment on labor market discrimination, Marianne Bertrand [and] Sendhil Mullainathan., (electronic resource)
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"May 27, 2003."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 25-27)
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28 cm.
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27, [12] p.
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remote
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  • (OCoLC)53190561
  • (CaSfIA)areemilygregmore00bert
  • (CaSfIA)001226398
Label
Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal? / : a field experiment on labor market discrimination, Marianne Bertrand [and] Sendhil Mullainathan., (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
"May 27, 2003."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 25-27)
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
27, [12] p.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)53190561
  • (CaSfIA)areemilygregmore00bert
  • (CaSfIA)001226398

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