Gay Glass Ceilings: Sexual Orientation and Workplace Authority in the United Kingdom

35 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2018

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Cevat Giray Aksoy

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; King’s College London; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Christopher Carpenter

Vanderbilt University - College of Arts and Science - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jeff Frank

University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics

Matt Huffman

University of California, Irvine

Date Written: july 24, 2018

Abstract

Do sexual minorities face barriers when accessing jobs with supervisory and managerial authority? And once on the managerial ladder, do they face glass ceilings that block them from higher-level posts? In this paper we find that gay men and lesbians are significantly more likely to have positions of authority in the workplace than otherwise similar heterosexual men and women. But we also find clear evidence that gay men face glass ceilings, and that these ceilings are stronger for racial minorities than for white people.

Keywords: sexual orientation, workplace authority, supervisory authority, managerial occupations

JEL Classification: J15, J71, M54

Suggested Citation

Aksoy, Cevat Giray and Carpenter, Christopher and Frank, Jeff and Huffman, Matt, Gay Glass Ceilings: Sexual Orientation and Workplace Authority in the United Kingdom (july 24, 2018). EBRD Working Paper No. 218, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3229790 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3229790

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Matt Huffman

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