UM Study: Race Still Affects Managers' Hiring Practices

We're not living in post-racial America quite yet. A new study conducted by the University of Miami School of Business Administration shows that white, Asian, and Hispanic managers tend to higher more whites and fewer blacks than black managers do.

When a black manager is replaced by a white, Asian, or Hispanic manager, the number of blacks hired falls from 21 percent to 17, while the number of whites hired increases. The effect, unsurprisingly, is even more pronounced in the South.

According to the study, when a black manager is replaced in the South, a store with 40 employees could see three or four black workers replaced by white workers within a year. 

White workers are also 15 percent more likely to quit their job when a black manager replaces a white manager.

"We interpret this increase in the white quit rate as evidence of

discriminatory sorting by white job seekers," reads the study. "It implies

that whites who dislike working for black managers often avoid working for

black managers in the first place."


Meanwhile, managers of all races are more likely to hire workers that live close to them, so a manager who lives in a neighborhood predomintetly populated by one race is more likely to hire from that race. 

In areas with largely Hispanic managers, such as Miami, Hispanic managers also tend to higher more Hispanic workers and fewer white workers than their white counterparts. 

To arrive at the conclusion, researched combed through two years' worth of personal data from large U.S. retail chains. 

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