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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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David Bjerk

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Casey R Morris


Leveraging the hiring data from a large financial firm looking to diversify its workforce, I analyze how the observable characteristics of applicants, such as college, race, and gender influence the likelihood of an applicant progressing through recruitment. This work is closely related to how labor market signals are valued by firms. My analysis points to strong positive gender and minority effects aligning with the firm’s efforts to diversify its workforce. Further, the higher ranked college an applicant attends, the more likely they are to proceed through early rounds, or get a “foot in the door,” yet college affiliation does little to differentiate candidates in the later rounds.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.