EGMT 1520: Measuring Discrimination

This course will explore concepts of discrimination and its measurement in hiring, housing, medical care, education, sales, and other areas. Different definitions and types of discrimination will be explored, and the main work will be learning different approaches that have been used to test for and quantify discrimination. Classic case studies such as resume experiments and the blind-audition study for orchestral auditions will be evaluated together with studies that use observational data. In a group project, you will use data from the US Census to frame and test hypotheses regarding labor-market discrimination. Through this class you will… (1) Explore different definitions and types of discrimination. (2) Learn to analyze what kinds of evidence can be useful in identifying discrimination. (3) Identify ways of testing for and measuring discrimination, and scrutinize their usefulness. (4) Explore actual data for signs of discrimination.
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Fall Quarter Two: October 12 – December 5
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TuTh 5:00pm - 6:15pm