Econ 104-9 - Econ1049 18:29...

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Econ 104-9 18:29 Dividing up GDP-2: Racial and gender inequality Basic picture on race/gender inequality Large disparities persist in terms of income, wealth, poverty, unemployment Possible factors Legacy of past not yet overcome Ongoing discrimination Differences in capacity to connect to job market “Encumbrances” i.e. doing more child-care and housework Differences in innate abilities Incentives for employers to discriminate? Does racial discrimination persist? Evidence from 2004 U. of Chicago/MIT field experiment: “Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal”? Sent out fake resumes – tracked responses of businesses Resumes sent in Boston and Chicago Similar or higher paper credentials to applicants with African-American sounding names Emily Walsh/Greg Baker vs. Lakisha Washington/Jamal Jones Jobs in sales, administrative support, clerical and customer service
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2011 for the course ECON 104 taught by Professor Dolenc during the Fall '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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