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Joint Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics, and Public Economics Workshop: Kevin Lang

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 11:40am to 1:10pm

Ives Hall, 115
B07 Tower Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Kevin Lang, Boston University

"The Boss is Watching:  How Monitoring Decisions Hurt Blacks" (with Costas Cavounidis and Russel Weinstein)

Abstract:  African-Americans face shorter employment durations than apparently similar whites. We hypothesize that employers discriminate in either acquiring or acting on ability-relevant information. We construct a model in which firms may \monitor" workers. Monitoring black but not white workers is self-sustaining: new black hires are more likely to have been screened by a previous employer, causing firms to discriminate in monitoring. We confirm the model's prediction that the unemployment hazard is initially higher for blacks but converges to that for whites. Two additional predictions, lower lifetime incomes and longer unemployment durations for blacks, are known to be strongly empirically supported.

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economics, EconSeminar, EconLabor, EconPublic, EconAppliedMicro



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Kevin Lang

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Boston University

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