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Mommy Tracks and Public Policy: On Self-Fulfilling Prophecies and Gender Gaps in Promotion

  • Lommerud, K.E.
  • Vagstad, S.

Consider a model with two types of jobs. The profitability of promoting a worker to a fast-track job depends not only on his or her observable talent, but also on incontractible effort. We investigate whether self-fulfilling expectations may lead to a women meeting tougher promotion standards than men.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Bergen in its series Norway; Department of Economics, University of Bergen with number 0600.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:fth:bereco:0600
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