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Rafael LALIVE (University of Lausanne) – "How Stated Gender Preference Affects Gender Segregation Across Firms"
Time: 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Date: 12 th of November 2019
Place: Room 3001
Rafael LALIVE (University of Lausanne) – “How Stated Gender Preference Affects Gender Segregation Across Firms”
Abstract: Job ads used to be gendered, and still are in some contexts. We study how stating a gender of a possible recruit affects gender segregation across firms. We take advantage of the Austrian Equal Treatment Act (AETA) that abolished stating gender preference to study its role in recruiting and discrimination. We document heterogeneity in the preferred gender by occupations, a very high compliance rate for gender profiling job ads, and a negative education gender targeting relationship. We show that firms use stated gender preference both to reinforce the gender stereotype, and go against it. This is why banning stated gender preference may in- or decrease segregation. By analyzing the ban on posting positions exclusively for men or women provided by the AETA, we find that abolishing stated gender preference contributes to the reduction of the gender segregation across firms. With David Card and Fabrizio Colella.
Xavier D’HAULTFOEUILLE (Laboratoire de Microéconométrie-CREST)
Benoît SCHMUTZ (Laboratoire de Microéconométrie-CREST)