Racism and the Pinkerton syndrome in Singapore: effects of race on hiring decisions

Chew, Peter K. H., Young, Jessica L., and Tan, Gerald P. K. (2019) Racism and the Pinkerton syndrome in Singapore: effects of race on hiring decisions. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 13. e16.

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The aim of the study was to examine racism and the Pinkerton syndrome in Singapore. Specifically, the study examined the effects of race on hiring decisions in a simulated hiring decision task. Participants were 171 (61% males) Singaporean Chinese undergraduates from a private university in Singapore. They were randomly assigned into one of nine groups and asked to review a resume of a job applicant. The study used a 3 (Academic qualifications: strong, moderate, or weak) × 3 (Race: White, Chinese, or Malay) between-subjects design with perceived warmth, competence, applicant suitability and recommended salary as the dependent variables. The results showed that while Chinese participants discriminated against Malay applicants (racism), they discriminated in favor of White applicants (the Pinkerton syndrome). The results provided a potential explanation to the economic disparities between Malays and the other races, and first experimental evidence for racism and the Pinkerton syndrome in Singapore.

Item ID: 57956
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1834-4909
Keywords: racism; Pinkerton syndrome; Singapore
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Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2019 01:32
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