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Labor market discrimination on the basis of race is a phenomenon that has faced a wide range of analyses over the past century. With the development of major theories like taste-based, statistical, and implicit discrimination, the subject received both greater attraction and greater conflict. While each form of discrimination maintains viable theoretical background, the underlying purpose behind these forms is to find a way to eliminate discrimination in the workplace. In this paper, the theories of statistical and implicit discrimination are tested through the application of a longitudinal dataset known as the ADD Health Study. By applying this dataset, regression models are constructed that examine a respondent’s race and how it affects their annual income earnings, while controlling for specific test-score variables that are indicative of skill. After these regressions are examined, the data is applied to create graphical representations that slightly favor the theory of statistical discrimination, but demonstrate a presence of both theories.
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Myers, Jordan A., "Bigotry or Ignorance? An Analysis of Competing Theories of Discrimination" (2021). Senior Projects Spring 2021. 60.
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