Extracurriculars, Information Asymmetry, and Labor Markets

Awarded Scholars:
Tarikua Erda, Columbia University
Project Date:
Jul 2022
Award Amount:

Prior research has shown that elite employers, such as top consulting, finance, and law firms, often consider a candidate’s extracurricular activities when making hiring decisions. These firms primarily favor extracurricular activities that resonate with White, upper middle-class culture, such as lacrosse. Sustainable development expert Tarikua Erda will examine employer reliance on extracurricular activities as a screening tool in hiring and how this reliance may exacerbate inequity. She will conduct surveys with both employers and students for her study. 


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