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Testing for Sexual Discrimination in the Labour Market

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  • Riach, Peter A
  • Rich, Judith

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Sexual discrimination in invitation to job interview was tested by a controlled experimental method of send ing carefully-matched pairs of letters in response to newspaper adver tisements-one from a female and one from a male applicant. On 363 of the occasions, when invitations were issued, the applicants were trea ted equally, but there were 144 occasions of differential treatment. Females encountered discrimination 40 percent more frequently than ma les. Discrimination against females was statistically significant for the data in aggregate and for two of the seven occupations involved- gardener and computer analyst-programmer. Copyright 1987 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd/University of Adelaide and Flinders University of South Australia

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  • Riach, Peter A & Rich, Judith, 1987. "Testing for Sexual Discrimination in the Labour Market," Australian Economic Papers, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 26(49), pages 165-178, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ausecp:v:26:y:1987:i:49:p:165-78
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