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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
The American Economic Review
Vol. 94, No. 4 (Sep., 2004), pp. 991-1013
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3592802
Page Count: 23
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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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Abstract

We study race in the labor market by sending fictitious resumes to help-wanted ads in Boston and Chicago newspapers. To manipulate perceived race, resumes are randomly assigned African-American- or White-sounding names. White names receive 50 percent more callbacks for interviews. Callbacks are also more responsive to resume quality for White names than for African-American ones. The racial gap is uniform across occupation, industry, and employer size. We also find little evidence that employers are inferring social class from the names. Differential treatment by race still appears to still be prominent in the U.S. labor market.

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