Gender Bias in Promotions: Evidence from Financial Institutions

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Ruidi Huang

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Finance Department

Erik J. Mayer

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Finance Department

Darius P. Miller

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Finance Department

Date Written: March 31, 2022

Abstract

We test for gender bias in promotions at financial institutions using two central predictions of Becker’s (1957, 1993) model: firms with bias will (1) raise the promotion bar for marginally promoted female workers, and (2) incur costs from forgoing efficient employment practices. We find support for both of these predictions using a new nationwide panel of mortgage loan officers and their branch managers, encompassing approximately 72,000 workers from over 1,000 shadow banks from 2014 to 2019. Overall, our findings provide evidence that gender bias is an important factor in gender disparities at financial institutions.

Keywords: promotion, gender bias, financial institution, shadow bank, discrimination

JEL Classification: G21, J71, M51

Suggested Citation

Huang, Ruidi and Mayer, Erik J. and Miller, Darius P., Gender Bias in Promotions: Evidence from Financial Institutions (March 31, 2022). SMU Cox School of Business Research Paper No. 21-18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3938494 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3938494

Ruidi Huang

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Finance Department ( email )

United States

Erik J. Mayer (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Finance Department ( email )

United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.erikjmayer.com

Darius P. Miller

Southern Methodist University (SMU) - Finance Department ( email )

United States

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