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Discrimination in hiring: the curse of motorcycle women


  • Loïc Du Parquet
  • Emmanuel Duguet
  • Yannick L'Horty
  • Pascale Petit


The event of holding a driver's licence and listing it on a resume sends a signal of a capacity for mobility which generally increases the chances of getting a job. However, the effect of this signal can entirely be reversed in the case of a female candidate holding a motorcycle driver's licence. We demonstrate this effect by using a testing procedure carried out in the Greater Paris area for the profession of young management controllers. In that profession with a high concentration of women, the simple attribute of a female candidate mentioning a motorcycle driver's licence on her resume causes her to lose her advantage over a male candidate. The listing of a driver's licence on a resume is perceived by the employers as a gender-related characteristic. This provides a clear instance of the complexity of studying the role of stereotypes in the analysis of discrimination in hiring.
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  • Loïc Du Parquet & Emmanuel Duguet & Yannick L'Horty & Pascale Petit, 2014. "Discrimination in hiring: the curse of motorcycle women," TEPP Working Paper 2014-13, TEPP.
  • Handle: RePEc:tep:teppwp:wp14-13

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    1. Emmanuel Duguet & Pascale Petit, 2005. "Hiring discrimination in the French financial sector: an econometric analysis on field experiment data," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 78, pages 79-102.
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