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A Field Experiment On Labor Market Discrimination

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In “Are Emily and Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination” authors Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan ask the question of whether having an African American,as compared to White,name decreases one’s chances of receiving a callback when answering a job ad.In order to investigate this query, Bertrand and Mullainathan sent out 5,000 faux resumes to 1,300 job listings in Boston and Chicago. Resumes from actual job seekers,with personal information removed,were obtained from job search websites and divided into high and low quality groups. Furthermore, embellishment of high caliber resumes further reinforced the quality gap. Each job listing received four resumes; two high quality and
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