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Discrimination in Hiring: Why Do Firms Vary So Much in Whom They Hire?

Talk by:

Conrad Miller

Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

followed by an informal conversation with:

Anna Harvey

SSRC President

Event Recording

About the Lecture

US employers are segregated by race, which likely contributes to racial inequalities in earnings. While the composition of an employer’s workforce is shaped by powerful social and economic forces, it is not inevitable. This talk reviews recent evidence from around the world on how policy can influence the demographic composition of an employer’s workforce.

About Conrad Miller

Conrad Miller is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Haas School of Business, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a labor economist who studies firm sorting, discrimination, and criminal justice. His research explores issues such as the role of firms in labor market inequality between social groups, the consequences of discrimination, and the effects of policy responses to discrimination.