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    curt rice said:

    The growing literature on implicit bias is crucial to understanding how structural issues (as opposed to the ambitions — or lack thereof — of individuals) affect the careers of different people differently. Yet another very recent study simulated hirings to do math-related tasks and looked at gender effects there. Not surprisingly, there was a strong preference to hire men. That study is described here in a piece called “Where women don’t belong.”

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    Lazar Lung said:

    Why is it always assumed that the discrimination is caused by women being implicitly perceived as inferior? There could be other reasons males are preferred, that have not been controlled for by a proper control group.

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      Nessa Carson said:

      I’d love to hear some examples of possible alternative reasons.

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    Dave McCombs said:

    67 percent responded to the e-mail and 59 percent of respondents agreed to a meeting.
    That means fewer than 40 percent of professors surveyed agreed to a meeting.
    Are the authors’ claims based on an analysis of the 40 percent of professors who agreed to a meeting? If so, their sample could not be representative of professors, could it?
    Or are their claims based only on data from the 67 percent that responded, 41 percent of whom answered merely to decline the request of a meeting?
    If the latter is the case, it seems implausible to claim a correlation shows discrimination, since almost half of ALL responses were effectively rejections. More important, if the authors are taking their percentages from all responses, why aren’t they breaking out the positive response rates by applicants gender/ethnicity?

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    Sergio Stagnaro said:

    The promotion of the careers of each of us is influenced mainly by the ideas that one suggests, namely by the new way one promotes, insurmountable obstacle when they are not politically correct, rather than by gender and race.

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