Computerizing Audit Studies

11 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2007

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Joanna Lahey

Texas A&M University - George Bush School of Government and Public Service; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Ryan A. Beasley

Texas A&M University - College of Engineering

Date Written: July 1, 2007

Abstract

This paper briefly discusses the history, benefits, and shortcomings of traditional audit field experiments to study market discrimination. Specifically it identifies template bias and experimenter bias as major concerns in the traditional audit method, and demonstrates through an empirical example that computerization of a resume or correspondence audit can greatly mitigate these concerns. Finally, it presents a useful meta-tool that future researchers can use to create their own resume audits.

Keywords: correspondence test, correspondence review, audit study, computerization, field experiment, labor market, discrimination, differential treatment

JEL Classification: C93, C81, J70, M49

Suggested Citation

Lahey, Joanna and Beasley, Ryan A., Computerizing Audit Studies (July 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1001038 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1001038

Joanna Lahey (Contact Author)

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Ryan A. Beasley

Texas A&M University - College of Engineering ( email )

College Station, TX 77843-3126
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