DP7638 Do Employers Discriminate by Gender? A Field Experiment in Female-Dominated Occupations

Author(s): Alison L Booth, Andrew Leigh
Publication Date: January 2010
Keyword(s): discrimination, employment, field experiments, gender
JEL(s): C93, J71
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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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.