Who Has More Soft-skills?: Employers' Subjective Ratings of Work Qualities of Racial and Ethnic Groups
AbstractRecently, researchers of urban inequalities documented a racial and ethnic hierarchy embedded in employers' minds, with results from existing qualitative studies being quite consistent. This paper aims to replicate these findings using data from a sample of 1069 employers from four major urban regions: New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. The results from the quantitative analyses coincide with previous findings of a racial and ethnic hierarchy existing, and suggest that structural factors -- regions, organizational diversity, size, and formality -- are more important in explaining employers' ratings than their ascribed characteristics. Conclusions include the study's weaknesses and directions for future research.
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