Friday, August 26, 2022

Do Workplace Diversity Programs Work?

The Economist suggests that they don't: 
Frank Dobbin and Alexandra Kalev ... collected data on anti-discrimination training programmes and ... found that ... the group [whose representation increased among managers] were white men. 
One large experiment compared the effects ... interventions to reduce unintentional biases, such as reading a vivid story with a black hero and a white villain. ... all reduced implicit bias ... But when retested one to five days later, the effects of all interventions had faded.
Nonetheless, these ineffective programs remain popular because judges view them of "evidence of compliance with civil-rights laws..."

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