Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102344
Authors: 
Baert, Stijn
De Pauw, Ann-Sophie
Deschacht, Nick
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8447
Abstract: 
We investigate the importance of employer preferences in explaining Sticky Floors, the pattern that women are, compared to men, less likely to start to climb the job ladder. To this end we perform a randomised field experiment in the Belgian labour market and test whether hiring discrimination based on gender is heterogeneous by the promotion characteristics of the selected jobs. We find that women get 33% less interview invitations when they apply for jobs implying a first promotion in functional level. On the other hand, their hiring chances are not significantly affected by the job authority level of the job.
Subjects: 
sticky floors
gender discrimination
hiring discrimination
labour market transitions
European labour markets
JEL: 
J16
J71
M51
J41
C93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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