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

  • Alison Booth
  • Andrew Leigh

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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Date of creation: 2010
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