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Gender Differences in Job Entry Decisions: A University-Wide Field Experiment


Anya Savikhin Samek


Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR); The University of Chicago

September 17, 2015

Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics Working Paper No. 2579257
CESR-Schaeffer Working Paper 2579257

Abstract:     
The gender difference in competitiveness has been cited as an important factor driving the gender gap in labor market outcomes. Using a natural field experiment with 35,000 university students, I explore the impact of compensation scheme on willingness to apply for a job. I find that competitive compensation schemes disproportionately deter women from applying, which cannot be explained by differences in risk preferences alone. I also vary whether the job is introduced as helping a non-profit, which increases application rates, suggesting a role for social preferences in application decisions. Finally, I observe a correlation between competitiveness preferences and career choice.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: field experiment, gender, competitiveness, labor market

JEL Classification: C93, J23, J33


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Date posted: March 17, 2015 ; Last revised: August 10, 2016

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Samek, Anya Savikhin, Gender Differences in Job Entry Decisions: A University-Wide Field Experiment (September 17, 2015). Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics Working Paper No. 2579257; CESR-Schaeffer Working Paper 2579257. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2579257 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2579257

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Anya Savikhin Samek (Contact Author)
Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) ( email )
635 Downey Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3332
United States

The University of Chicago ( email )
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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