Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/45979
Authors: 
Kuhn, Peter
Shen, Kailing
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5195
Abstract: 
We study firms' advertised gender preferences in a population of ads on a Chinese internet job board, and interpret these patterns using a simple employer search model. The model allows us to distinguish firms' underlying gender preferences from firms' propensities to restrict their search to their preferred gender. The model also predicts that higher job skill requirements should reduce the tendency to gender-target a job ad; this is strongly confirmed in our data. We also find that firms' underlying gender preferences are highly job-specific, with many firms requesting men for some jobs and women for others, and with one third of the variation in gender preferences within firm*occupation cells.
Subjects: 
discrimination
gender
China
internet
search
JEL: 
J71
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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