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Title: What’s in a name : a study on gender and name discrimination by Singaporean Employers
Authors: Ho, Daryl Sheng Hui
Hong, Yan Qing
Tan, Jia Hui
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: We investigated the presence and extent of name and gender discrimination by Singaporean employers through an audit study, where we generated fictitious resumes of Western and Asian sounding names, with equal representation of male and female, high quality and low quality categories. This paper serves as the pioneer audit study on name and gender discrimination in Singapore, where only gender discrimination has been sparingly explored by previous researchers. A total of 2,200 resumes were sent out to nine occupations over three months, where employer callbacks were recorded. We conducted two Probit regressions and found that employers generally preferred Western name applicants to Asian name applicants. Overall, our results show that name and resume quality do affect the likelihood of callback, while the Average Marginal Effects (AMEs) of Grade Point Average (GPA) and relevant internship have the most significant effect on probability of callback for all resumes
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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