The Heterogeneous Effects of Workplace Gender Diversity Disclosures on Job Selection Decisions

75 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2022 Last revised: 11 Apr 2024

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Lisa LaViers

A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane

Jason Sandvik

Eller College of Management, University of Arizona

Date Written: December 6, 2023

Abstract

Many labor market participants claim to value workplace diversity, but it is unclear if a firm's disclosed levels of workplace diversity actually influence their job selection decisions. We conduct a hypothetical choice experiment using workplace gender diversity disclosures to explore if and how such disclosures change job selection decisions. We find that labor market participants are more likely to select job offers from employers that disclose their gender diversity statistics, relative to those that do not. We find that participants are less likely to select job offers from employers with larger levels of female representation, but they are more likely to select job offers from employers that donate more to gender-equality focused non-profits. We also find significant gender differences, where women are more likely than men to select jobs with greater female representation and donations activity. Subsequent survey response data suggests that these job selection decisions are driven both by explicit preferences for workplace gender diversity and by the belief that workplace gender diversity sends signals about firm performance, discrimination likelihood, and societal benefits.

Keywords: Job Search Decision, Human Capital, Disclosure Policy, Gender Diversity

Suggested Citation

LaViers, Lisa and Sandvik, Jason, The Heterogeneous Effects of Workplace Gender Diversity Disclosures on Job Selection Decisions (December 6, 2023). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4240155 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4240155

Lisa LaViers (Contact Author)

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Jason Sandvik

Eller College of Management, University of Arizona ( email )

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