In his blog Data Colada, URI SIMONSON offers an hypothesis why a recent paper in the AER, Deming, Yuchtman, Abulafi, Goldin, & Katz (2016), failed to replicate Bertrand & Mullainathan’s (2004) famous paper on racial discrimination in labor markets. The latter study focused on callback rates when CVs were mailed out using “black” versus “white” names. B&M found that callback rates were lower for blacks. DYAG&K found no difference. Simonson argues that socioeconomic status (SES) may be a confounder. In particular, B&M’s “black names” were also perceived to be low SES, while DYAG&K’s names arguably held SES constant. So the final answer is…Yet To Be Determined. To read more, click here.