Originally Posted by The Greek Freak
What face pops up on a resume with the name Lashonda? What about Lindsey?
According to some stats cited by Freakonomics, a stunningly high number of black names are unique via spellings or new invented variations. I'm not sure if they've done any studies looking at "new" names across races in recent years, because it does seem like we're getting more "white" invented names as of recently, but that might just be sample bias Brecken Kale
Looking for the paper cited actually reminded me they did a story about how much names matter
, and advance the case that having a stereotypically black name doesn't
actually impact you that much.
They explain those findings coexisting along with the studies like this one on resumes this way:
Although seemingly in conflict with the audit study findings, we believe the two sets of results can be reconciled. To the extent that Black names are used simply as signals of race by discriminatory employers, it is unlikely that names would be correlated with job outcomes beyond the interview stage since the employer directly observes the applicant’s race once an interview takes place. In the face of discriminatory employers, it is actually in the interest of both employee and employers for Blacks to signal race, either via a name or other resume information, rather than undertaking a costly interview with little hope of receiving a job offer. More generally, we show that Black names are correlated with family background characteristics that may predict labor market productivity, even after controlling for the type of information available to employers on resumes. If that is the case, then it may be efficient (albeit illegal) for employers to use names in screening applicants. Once an individual is personally known to us, names wane dramatically in importance, as a moment of reflection about one’s own oddly named acquaintances and colleagues will likely bear out. Because of this, and the fact that the cost of changing one’s name is low, it is hard to imagine how names could plausibly have a large impact on life outcomes, even if resume callbacks are somewhat reduced. Therefore, we conclude that the stark differences in naming patterns among Blacks and Whites is best explained as a consequence of continued racial segregation and inequality, rather than a cause that is perpetuating these factors.