When Performance Trumps Gender Bias: Joint Versus Separate Evaluation

37 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2012

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Iris Bohnet

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Max H. Bazerman

Harvard Business School - Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit

Alexandra van Geen

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: March 16, 2012

Abstract

We examine a new intervention to overcome gender biases in hiring, promotion, and job assignments: an “evaluation nudge,” in which people are evaluated jointly rather than separately regarding their future performance. Evaluators are more likely to focus on individual performance in joint than in separate evaluation and on group stereotypes in separate than in joint evaluation, making joint evaluation the money-maximizing evaluation procedure. Our findings are compatible with a behavioral model of information processing and with the System 1/System 2 distinction in behavioral decision research where people have two distinct modes of thinking that are activated under certain conditions.

Keywords: gender bias, decision science

JEL Classification: C91, D03

Suggested Citation

Bohnet, Iris and Bazerman, Max H. and van Geen, Alexandra, When Performance Trumps Gender Bias: Joint Versus Separate Evaluation (March 16, 2012). HKS Working Paper No. RWP12-009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2087613 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2087613

Iris Bohnet (Contact Author)

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Max H. Bazerman

Harvard Business School - Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.people.hbs.edu/mbazerman

Alexandra Van Geen

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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