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Discrimination in an Unequal World$
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Miguel Angel Centeno and Katherine S. Newman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732166.001.0001

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Measuring Discrimination

Measuring Discrimination

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Discrimination in an Unequal World

Devah Pager

Oxford University Press

This chapter talks about the dominant methods that have been used to study discrimination in the United States, including studies of perceptions, attitude surveys, statistical analyses, laboratory experiments, and field experiments. Despite its various complexities, field experiments remain the most effective approach to measuring discrimination in real-world settings. By interacting with real employers, and by simulating the process of actual job applicants or intermediaries, we can get as close as possible to the interactions that produce discrimination in contemporary labor markets. While no research method is without flaws, careful consideration of the range of methods available helps to match one's research question with the appropriate empirical strategy. Although the field experiment cannot address all relevant aspects of labor market disadvantage, it can provide strong and direct measures of discrimination at the point of hire, a powerful mechanism regulating the employment opportunity.

Keywords:   racial discrimination, field experiments, perceptions, attitude surveys, statistical analyses

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