An Acid Test Of Job Discrimination In The Real World

Has affirmative action really shifted the targets of job discrimination from blacks to whites, as some whites claim? To find out, the Urban Institute sent 10 white male college students and 10 black male college students to apply for private-sector jobs advertised in the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune in the summer of 1990. Both groups were trained in interviewing skills and carefully matched in terms of age, education, physical size, experience, articulateness, and other characteristics.

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