Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? Put Differently, Should Whites Stereotype People with “Black” or “African”-Sounding Names? Only if They Wish to Stay Alive!
By Nicholas Stix

My new VDARE article is up: Are You an Evil Racist If You Balk at Hiring Someone Named “S—tavious”?

Back in 2003, the University of Chicago's Marianne Bertrand and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sendhil Mullainathan published a classic example of pseudo-scholarship: A study showing that, all other things being equal, job applicants with “African-American” sounding names are likely to suffer job discrimination compared to applicants with white-sounding names. (Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination, MIT Department of Economics Working Paper No. 03-22, May 27, 2003)

The researchers sent out application letters for imaginary job candidates in which everything was equal—grades, major, school—except their names. They found that “White names receive 50 percent more callbacks for interviews” than black-sounding names.

The “study” led to a blizzard of MSM “racism” accusations against corporate America, the same world which routinely hires unqualified blacks over qualified whites. Generating such accusations was, of course, the point of the “study”....

(Read the rest here.)

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