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Manager Ethnicity and Employment Segregation

  • Laura Giuliano
  • Michael R. Ransom

Using nine years of personnel records from a regional grocery store chain in the United States, this study examines the effect of manager ethnicity on the ethnic composition of employment. Because the workforce we study is composed almost entirely of a white majority and large Hispanic minority, we focus on the role of Hispanic ethnicity. Estimating models with store fixed effects, we examine the effects of manager ethnicity on hiring, transfer, and separation patterns. And we compare the effects of manager ethnicity across several types of jobs. We find that manager ethnicity has significant effects on hiring patterns, but not on transfers, and affects separation patterns in only one atypical case. We also find that the effects on hiring occur only in jobs or departments with very few employees.

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Article provided by ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School in its journal ILR Review.

Volume (Year): 66 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 346-379

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