How We Hire Who We Hire: The Effect of Hiring Structures on Gender, Racial, and Class Biases

Awarded Scholars:
Claire Daviss, Stanford University
Project Date:
Jul 2022
Award Amount:

Hiring decisions are a key area in which social and economic inequalities are reproduced. While scholars have documented the existence of bias in employers’ hiring decisions, prior research has tended to focus on how individuals are evaluated and not the context in which these evaluations occur. Sociologist Claire Daviss will examine how organizational hiring processes influence employers’ gender, race, and class biases in hiring decisions. She will analyze data from an applicant tracking system to better understand the relationship between class and hiring outcomes when employers choose to adopt anonymous screening tools that remove signifiers of gender and race when reviewing resumes.


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