Locus of Rater-Ratee Race Effects as Influenced by Rating Source

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Derek L. Mracek (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Mark C. Bowler

Abstract: This study examines the impact of both rater and ratee race on job performance ratings. Traditionally the true nature of race-based distortions to performance ratings is difficult to ascertain due to a lack of true score in performance. By utilizing a series of walk-through performance measures Cronbach's (1955) accuracy components were used to determine the true nature of race-based distortions. Overall the majority-member supervisors did not deflate the ratings of minority-members. In fact the ratings of minority-members were inflated by both source levels; and peers inflated ratings significantly more when compared to supervisors. Moreover majority members were rated accurately by both supervisors and peers. The implications of this and the potential reasons for it are discussed. 

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Date: 2011
Psychology, performance evaluation, racial bias
Employees--Rating of--Research
Employees--Rating of--Evaluation
Discrimination in employment
Race discrimination

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