A large-scale field experiment on occupational gender segregation and hiring discrimination

Mladen Adamovic, Andreas Leibbrandt

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We analyze the relationship between occupational gender composition and gender discrimination in recruitment and investigate whether there is hiring discrimination against men in female-dominated occupations. We do this with a large-scale field experiment where we submitted more than 12,000 job applications for 12 occupations in Australia, varying the gender of the applicants. Men received around 50% more callbacks than women in male-dominated occupations, while they received over 40% fewer callbacks in female-dominated occupations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-59
Number of pages26
JournalIndustrial Relations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

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