Title

Discrimination and Uncertainty in the Labor Market

Grantee

Linh T. Tô

Publication Date

4-21-2021

Grant Type

Early Career Research Award

Description

This project evaluates the importance of uncertainty about a group in employer evaluations of productive capabilities of job applicants from that group, where a group could be defined by observable characteristics such as race, gender, or educational institution. Specifically, I isolate the role of statistical discrimination in the labor market based on both the mean and variance of the group’s performance distribution. To separate these two sources of statistical discrimination, I use a two-sided audit study (Cowgill and Perkowski, 2020) and propose a design that adds increasingly precise signals about particular candidates from different groups.

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