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Do Large Employers Treat Racial Minorities More Fairly? An Analysis of Canadian Field Experiment Data

Document type Article
Author Banerjee, Rupa
Author Reitz, Jeffrey G.
Author Oreopoulos, Phil
Journal Canadian Public Policy
Volume 44
Date 2018 March
ISSN 0317-0861, 1911-9917
Pages 1-12


Analysis of amended data from a large-scale Canadian employment audit study (Oreopoulos 2011) shows substantial organization size differences in discrimination against skilled applicants with Asian (Chinese, Indian, or Pakistani) names in the decision to call for an interview. In organizations with more than 500 employees, Asian-named applicants are 20 percent less likely to receive a callback; in smaller organizations, the disadvantage is nearly 40 percent. Large organizations may discriminate less frequently because of more resources in recruitment and training, more human resources development, and greater experience with diversity. Anonymized résumé review may allow organizations to test hiring procedures for discrimination fairly inexpensively.