The Old Boys' Club: Schmoozing and the Gender Gap

78 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2019 Last revised: 7 Jul 2022

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Zoe Cullen

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Ricardo Perez-Truglia

University of California, Berkeley; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: December 1, 2019

Abstract

Offices are social places. Employees and managers take breaks together and talk about family and hobbies. In this study, we show that employees’ social interactions with their managers can be advantageous for their careers, and that this phenomenon contributes to the gender pay gap. We use administrative and survey data from a large financial institution and exploit quasi-random variation induced by the rotation of managers. We provide evidence that when employees have more face-to-face interactions with their managers, they are promoted at a higher rate. This mechanism could explain a third of the gender gap in promotions at this firm.

Keywords: gender, career, promotions, socialization, networking

JEL Classification: J1, J16, J7, Z1, Z13

Suggested Citation

Cullen, Zoe and Perez-Truglia, Ricardo, The Old Boys' Club: Schmoozing and the Gender Gap (December 1, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3493478 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3493478

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