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Do employers discriminate by gender? A field experiment in female-dominated occupations

  • Booth, Alison
  • Leigh, Andrew

We test for gender discrimination by sending fake CVs to apply for entry-level jobs. Female candidates are more likely to receive a callback, with the difference being largest in occupations that are more female-dominated.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 107 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 236-238

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