Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/96811
Authors: 
Azmat, Ghazala
Petrongolo, Barbara
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 8135
Abstract: 
We discuss the contribution of the experimental literature to the understanding of both traditional and previously unexplored dimensions of gender differences and discuss their bearings on labor market outcomes. Experiments have offered new findings on gender discrimination, and while they have identified a bias against hiring women in some labor market segments, the discrimination detected in field experiments is less pervasive than that implied by the regression approach. Experiments have also offered new insights into gender differences in preferences: women appear to gain less from negotiation, have lower preferences than men for risk and competition, and may be more sensitive to social cues. These gender differences in preferences also have implications in group settings, whereby the gender composition of a group affects team decisions and performance. Most of the evidence on gender traits comes from the lab, and key open questions remain as to the source of gender preferences – nature versus nurture, or their interaction – and their role, if any, in the workplace.
Subjects: 
gender
field experiments
lab experiments
discrimination
gender preferences
JEL: 
J16
J24
J71
C91
C92
C93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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