Publications

2009
Pager, Devah, Bruce Western, and Bart Bonikowski. 2009. “Discrimination in a Low-Wage Labor Market: A Field Experiment.” American Sociological Review 74: 777-99. Abstract

Decades of racial progress have led some researchers and policymakers to doubt that discrimination remains an important cause of economic inequality. To study contemporary discrimination, we conducted a field experiment in the low-wage labor market of New York City, recruiting white, black, and Latino job applicants who were matched on demographic characteristics and interpersonal skills. These applicants were given equivalent résumés and sent to apply in tandem for hundreds of entry-level jobs. Our results show that black applicants were half as likely as equally qualified whites to receive a callback or job offer. In fact, black and Latino applicants with clean backgrounds fared no better than white applicants just released from prison. Additional qualitative evidence from our applicants’ experiences further illustrates the multiple points at which employment trajectories can be deflected by various forms of racial bias. These results point to the subtle yet systematic forms of discrimination that continue to shape employment opportunities for low-wage workers.

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2008
Business Owner Demography, Human Capital, and Social Networks
Ruef, Martin, Bart Bonikowski, Howard Aldrich, Paul D Reynolds, and Richard T Curtin. 2008. “Business Owner Demography, Human Capital, and Social Networks.” New Firm Creation in the U.S.: Initial Explorations with the PSED II Data Set, 95-114. New York: Springer. Publisher's Version
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DiMaggio, Paul, and Bart Bonikowski. 2008. “Make Money Surfing the Web? The Impact of Internet Use on the Earnings of U.S. Workers.” American Sociological Review 73: 227-50. Publisher's Version
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RSF Working Paper. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

2007
A Short History of Surveillance and Privacy in the United States
Lyon, David. 2007. “A Short History of Surveillance and Privacy in the United States.” Engaging Privacy and Information Technology in a Digital Age, edited by James Waldo, Herbert S Lin, and Lynette I Millett, 349-65 . Washington, D.C. National Academies Press.

(first draft by Bart Bonikowski)

The Sociology of Voluntary Associations
Bonikowski, Bart, and Miller McPherson. 2007. “The Sociology of Voluntary Associations.” 21st Century Sociology: A Reference Handbook, edited by Clifton D Bryant and Dennis L Peck, 197-207. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Bonikowski, Bart, and Lisa McCormick. 2007. “Culture Section Mini-Conference: ‘Models in Cultural Sociology’.” Newsletter of the Sociology of Culture Section of the ASA, 22:10-12.
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Newsletter of the Sociology of Culture Section of the ASA 22:10-12

2005
Bonikowski, Bart. 2005. “Flying While Arab (Or Was It Muslim? Or Middle Eastern?): Racial Profiling After 9/11.” The Discourse of Sociological Practice 7.
2004
Bonikowski, Bart. 2004. “Questioning Pedagogy: Reflections on the Critical Theory of the Curriculum.” The Discourse of Sociological Practice 6.

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