The article “A ‘White’ Name Found to Help in Job Search” (Associated Press, January 15, 2003) described an experiment to investigate if it helps to have a “white-sounding” first name when looking for a job. Researchers sent 5000 resumes in response to ads that appeared in the Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune. The resumes were identical except that 2500 of them had “white-sounding” first names, such as Brett and Emily, whereas the other 2500 had “black-sounding” names such as Tamika and Rasheed. Resumes of the first type elicited 250 responses and resumes of the second type only 167 responses. Do these data support the theory that the proportion receiving responses is higher for those resumes with “white-sounding first” names?

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