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Skills and Race in Hiring: Quantitative Findings from Face-to-Face Interviews

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  • Philip Moss

    (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)

  • Chris Tilly

    (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)

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    There is evidence that shifts in the demand for labor are disadvantaging young black men. To help explain this change, we analyze a set of quantitative measures derived from face-to-face interviews of employers in Detroit and Los Angeles. The measures encompass employer skill demands, hiring procedures, and racial attitudes, with racial representation (relative to the key outcome variable. Among other results, we find lower black representation (relative to area population) in firms with a literacy or numeracy requirement and firms that rely on the personnel interview as their primary screening device.

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    Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 21 (1995)
    Issue (Month): 3 (Summer)
    Pages: 357-374

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    Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:21:y:1995:i:3:p:357-374

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    Keywords: Literacy; Race; Racial; Skills;

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    1. Nelson Lim, 2002. "Who Has More Soft-skills?: Employers' Subjective Ratings of Work Qualities of Racial and Ethnic Groups," Working Papers, RAND Corporation Publications Department 02-10, RAND Corporation Publications Department.
    2. Burkert, Carola & Seibert, Holger, 2007. "Labour market outcomes after vocational training in Germany : equal opportunities for migrants and natives?," IAB Discussion Paper, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany] 200731, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].

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