Does a Name Tell Race? Play the Name Game
Wrong First Name Means No Job?
Maybe so. Economist Marianne Bertrand found employers were twice as likely to contact applicants with so-called “White-sounding” names than those with so-called “Black-sounding” names. But what’s a Black – White, Hispanic, or Asian – name?
Do you play the name game?
When you hear a name, do you assign a race or ethnicity? Try it now. Here are girls’ and boys’ names from a New York Times story on the top baby names of 2007. See how well you can match each name with its ethnic or racial group.