Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/121281
Authors: 
Gaudeul, Alexia
Okvitawanli, Ayu
Panganiban, Marian
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Jena Economic Research Papers 2015-007
Abstract: 
We consider in this paper whether the gender mix at the level of decision-makers in firms can influence gender representation at the employee level. We run a laboratory experiment whereby we present a pair of independent employers with applications from two potential employees. We consider whether the gender of the other employer will influence an employer´s hiring decision. We find that the gender mix among employers plays a role in the individual hiring decisions of female members. Female employers when paired with a male employer are more likely to choose a female applicant over an equally competent male applicant. Results of an Implicit Association Test (IAT) and answers to a post-experimental questionnaire show that explicit beliefs about relative gender performance are significantly associated with the observed hiring bias, while implicit attitudes do not appear to play a role.
Subjects: 
discrimination
employment
gender quotas
hiring
IAT
implicit attitudes
labor markets
JEL: 
J71
J78
C91
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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