Dr. Somi Shin
Introduction to Research Methods
Racism is a prevalent issue around the world. In Singapore, concerns of discrimination against minority racial groups, such as Malays and Indians, have been raised with regards to companies’ employing procedures. However, there have been very little studies done on this issue. We have included relevant studies that support and do not support the claim of presence of racism in Singapore. In addition, we intend to replicate a previous study conducted by Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan (2004) in America by sending fabricated resumes to white-collared industries, such as the law, finance, and real estate firms in Singapore. These firms have been selected to represent jobs that do not require individuals to speak a different language or be of a certain ethnicity. The chosen firms are privatized and not under any current regulations regarding biased employment based on ethnicity. The fabricated resumes, which will use different names to distinguish their race, will be a test to determine whether a person’s employability is affected by their ethnicity.