‘Blackest’ Sounding Names Have Worst Job Prospects

Black-sounding names with ghetto-fabulous hairstyles equals bleak job prospects

Put “black-sounding” names next to “white-sounding names” on resumes with identical or similar qualifications and guess who got called back less?

That was easy, wasn’t it?

Stephen D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, authors of the book Freakonomics, compiled the list. Their study show that resumes with the white-sounding names were actually downloaded 17 percent more often by job recruiters than the resumes with black-sounding names.

What are the “blackest” sounding names and the “whitest” sounding names? Below they are divided by gender.

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