Gender Discrimination and Evaluators’ Gender: Evidence from Italian Academia

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Maria De Paola

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics

Vincenzo Scoppa

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics

Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

Relying on a natural experiment consisting in 130 competitions for promotion to associate and full professor in Italian universities, we analyse whether gender discrimination is affected by the gender of evaluators. We examine the probability of success of each candidate in relation to the committee gender composition, exploiting the random assignment of evaluators and controlling for candidates’ scientific productivity and a number of individual characteristics. We find that female candidates are less likely to be promoted when the committee is composed exclusively of males, while the gender gap disappears when the candidates are evaluated by a mixed‐sex committee.

Suggested Citation

De Paola, Maria and Scoppa, Vincenzo, Gender Discrimination and Evaluators’ Gender: Evidence from Italian Academia (January 2015). Economica, Vol. 82, Issue 325, pp. 162-188, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2542382 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12107

Maria De Paola (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

via Ponte Bucci
Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza 87036
Italy

Vincenzo Scoppa

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

via Ponte Bucci
Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza 87036
Italy

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