Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58571
Authors: 
Albrecht, Konstanze
von Essen, Emma
Parys, Juliane
Szech, Nora
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6203
Abstract: 
In a laboratory experiment, we show that subjects incorporate irrelevant group information into their evaluations of individuals. Individuals from on average worse performing groups receive lower evaluations, even if they are known to perform equally well as individuals from better performing groups. Our experiment leaves room neither for statistical nor taste-based discrimination. The discrimination we find is rather due to conservatism in updating beliefs. This conservatism is more pronounced in females. Furthermore, self-confident male evaluators overvalue male performers. Additionally, we use our data to simulate a job promotion ladder: Few rounds of moderate discrimination virtually eliminate females in higher positions.
Subjects: 
updating
conservatism
gender
discrimination
self-confidence
JEL: 
J16
C91
D81
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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