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Monday, April 25, 2011

Racial Discrimination

Racial Discrimination

Here are the facts:

Identical resumes were submitted in Chicago and Boston during 2001 and 2002. Half were tagged with "white-sounding" names and half with "black-sounding" names.

Eighteen names were used for the resumes. Nine were "white-sounding":

  • Emily
  • Anne
  • Jill
  • Allison
  • Laurie
  • Sarah
  • Meredith
  • Carrie
  • Kristen

Nine were "black-sounding":

  • Aisha
  • Keish
  • Tamika
  • Lakisha
  • Tanisha
  • Latoya
  • Kenya
  • Latonya
  • Ebony

Two names received the most call backs for interviews, 26%:

  • Kristen
  • Carrie

Two names received the least call backs for interviews, 6%:

  • Keish
  • Aisha

The resumes were identical.

The top five names for call back interviews:

  • Kristen
  • Carrie
  • Meredith
  • Sarah
  • Laurie

The bottom five names for call back interviews:

  • Tanisha

  • Lakisha
  • Tamika
  • Keish
  • Aisha

The resumes were identical.

The highest "white-sounding" call back name:

Kristen, 13%

The highest "black-sounding" call back name:

Ebony, 9%

The lowest "white-sounding" call back name:

Emily, 8%

The lowest "black-sounding" call back name:

Aisha, 2%

The resumes were identical.

Image courtesy of Bertrand, Marianne and Sendhil Mullainathan. 2004. “Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal?” American Economic Review 94(4): 991-1013.

Source: http://www.stanford.edu