“Are Emily and Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal?”

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Bertrand, M., Mullaintathan, S. (2004, September 1). Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A field experiment on labor market discrimination.American Economic Review, 94(4), 991-1013.

The authors’ main claim is there is discrimination in the workforce, more specifically with names on resumes of potential applicants.  They claim that, from given evidence, it is reasonable to say that someone with a whiter, wealthier sounding name is more likely to get a job than someone with a more ethnically diverse name.

There are many examples that the authors use to support their evidence based off of primary resources.  In this case, the reader would need to trust that the authors are credible for their experiments, which is unclear because their background was never addressed, although their proposition in the initial paragraph is convincing that their evidence is reliable based off their method.  In…

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