An Imperfect Match? Gender and Racial Discrimination in Hiring and the Unequal Burden of Proof of Skills and Experience Matching


Thursday, October 7, 2021, 12:00pm


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Gender and racial discrimination in hiring screening decisions remains a feature of the U.S. labor market, and has been well-studied in existing research. Yet, less is known about whether or how levels of discrimination vary depending on characteristics of the applicant and their match to the job’s requirements. In this talk, Dr. Kate Weisshaar examines this question by presenting results from two original experimental studies. By considering how combinations of applicant and job characteristics can either be associated with increased or reduced discrimination, this research helps to illustrate when gender and racial inequality in hiring occurs, and offers ideas about where policy-makers, organizations, and individuals could intervene to reduce hiring biases. This talk is part of a collaborative project with Dr. Koji Chavez and Tania Cabello-Hutt.

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Kate Weisshaar is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Faculty Fellow at the Carolina Population Center. Dr. Weisshaar’s research focuses on gender and economic inequality within organizations, the labor market, and families. She has published articles on these topics in journals including American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Demography. Her work has been featured in outlets such as The Economist and Harvard Business Review.