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[11月11日] 劳动与健康经济学Workshop

发布日期:2022-11-07 11:04    来源:

A Discrimination Report Card






主讲人:Patrick KlineUC Berkeley

摘要Understanding which firms discriminate is of great public and academic interest. We use data from a large-scale correspondence experiment to grade the biases against Black names among a collection of large U.S. employers. A novel Empirical Bayes ranking scheme is developed that trades off the informativeness of the assigned grades against the expected frequency of ranking errors. A four grade ranking is found to explain more than one third of the variation in proportional racial contact gaps across firms. Firms awarded the bottom grade exhibit biases against Black names averaging roughly 20%, while those awarded the highest grade exhibit negligible bias. The chances that a randomly selected pair of firms in our analysis sample is misranked by our grading procedure is estimated to be roughly 5%, suggesting the ordinal information conveyed by the grades is highly reliable.


主讲人简介:Patrick Kline is a Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley and a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  His research focuses on the determinants of wage inequality and the effectiveness of public policies designed to combat inequality.  Dr. Kline is a fellow of the Econometric Society and serves as foreign editor of the Review of Economic Studies and an associate editor at Econometrica and at the American Economic Journal: Applied.  Dr. Kline is a leading expert on the economics of imperfectly competitive labor markets, place-based policies, and program evaluation methods. In 2018 he was awarded the Sherwin Rosen Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of labor economics and in 2021 he won the IZA Young Labor Economist award for his contributions to empirical methodology in labor economics.