Career Lesbians: Getting Hired for Not Having Kids?

33 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2013

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Stijn Baert

Ghent University; University of Antwerp; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Abstract

Using a field experiment, we investigate whether discrimination based on women's sexual orientation differs by age and family constraints. We find weakly significant evidence of discrimination against young heterosexual women. This effect is driven by age (and fertility) rather than by motherhood. We do not find any unequal treatment at older ages. This age effect is consistent with our theoretical expectation that, relative to lesbian women, young heterosexual women are penalised for getting children more frequently and taking on, on average, more at-home-caring tasks.

Keywords: labour market discrimination, sexual orientation, motherhood

JEL Classification: C93, J13, J16, J71

Suggested Citation

Baert, Stijn, Career Lesbians: Getting Hired for Not Having Kids?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7767. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2363269

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