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Manager Race and the Race of New Hires

  • Author(s): Guiliano, Laura
  • Levine, David I.
  • Leonard, Jonathan
  • et al.
Abstract

Using personnel data from a large U.S. retail firm, we examine whether the race of the hiring manager affects the racial composition of new hires. We exploit manager changes at hundreds of stores to estimate models with store fixed effects. We find significant effects of manager race and ethnicity. First, all non-black managersi.e., whites, Hispanics, and Asianshire more whites and fewer blacks than do black managers. The differences between non-black and black managers are especially large in the South. Second, in locations with large Hispanic populations, Hispanic managers hire more Hispanics and fewer whites than white managers.

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