Increasing workplace diversity evidence from a recruiting experiment at a Fortune 500 company

Jeffrey A. Flory, Andreas Leibbrandt, Christina Rott, Olga Stoddard

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Abstract

While many firms have set ambitious goals to increase diversity in their ranks, there is a dearth of empirical evidence on effective ways to reach them. We use a natural field experiment to test several hypotheses on effective meansto attract minority candidates for top professional careers. By randomly varying the content in recruiting materials of a major financial services corporation with more than 10,000 employees, we find that signaling explicit interest in employee diversity more than doubles the interest in openings among racial minority candidates, as well as the likelihood that they apply and are selected. Impacts on gender diversity are less sharp and generally not significant

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-92
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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