What Happens When Employers Can No Longer Discriminate in Job Ads?

119 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2021

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Peter Kuhn

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Kailing Shen

Xiamen University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

When employers' explicit gender requests were unexpectedly removed from a Chinese job board overnight, pools of successful applicants became more integrated: women's (men's) share of call-backs to jobs that had requested men (women) rose by 63 (146) percent. The removal 'worked' in this sense because it generated a large increase in gender-mismatched applications, and because those applications were treated surprisingly well by employers. The removal had little or no effect on aggregate matching frictions. The job titles that were integrated however, were not the most gendered ones, and were disproportionately lower-wage jobs.

JEL Classification: J16, J63, J71

Suggested Citation

Kuhn, Peter J. and Shen, Kailing, What Happens When Employers Can No Longer Discriminate in Job Ads?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 14618, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3900880

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