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Do Employers Discriminate by Gender? A Field Experiment in Female-Dominated Occupations

  • Booth, Alison L
  • 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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