Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/109211
Authors: 
Ibañez, Marcela
Rai, Ashok
Riener, Gerhard
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
DICE Discussion Paper 183
Abstract: 
Affirmative action to promote women's employment is a intensely debated policy. Do affirmative action policies attract women and does it come at a cost of deterring high qualified men? In three field experiments in Colombia we compare characteristics of job-seekers who are told of the affirmative action selection criterion before they apply with those who are only told after applying. We find that the gains in attracting female applicants far outweigh the losses in male applicants. Affirmative action is more effective in areas with larger female discrimination and deters male job-seekers from areas with low discrimination.
Subjects: 
Field experiment
Affirmative action
Labor market
Gender participation gap
JEL: 
J21
J24
J48
C93
ISBN: 
978-3-86304-182-3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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