Updates from CHICAGO BOOTH

Think you’re not racist?
By Alice G. Walton – There’s some good evidence that forms of discrimination including racial bias occur outside of our awareness, and Marianne Betrand has done extensive work in what’s known as implicit discrimination.

“It may be that the recruiters don’t read any further than the name,” she says, referring to her labor-market-discrimination study. “We really don’t know what level it’s happening on. But it doesn’t have to be a conscious choice.”

In other words, if a human-resources professional has a pile of resumes to get through, inferring information from the name might be a timesaving maneuver, so that even if the name is just one part of the, “Is this candidate worth a callback?” question, it could be computed quickly and subconsciously. more> http://tinyurl.com/qfnfb6z

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