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Melanie Wasserman, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Informed Choices: Gender Gaps in Career Advice
When Oct 06, 2020
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Online via Zoom
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation for the Fall 2020 MPRC Online Seminar Series

This paper estimates gender differences in access to informal information regarding the labor market. We conduct a large-scale field experiment in which college students seek information from working professionals about various career paths, and we randomize whether a professional receives a message from a male or a female student. We focus the experimental design and analysis on two career attributes that prior research has shown to differentially affect the labor market choices of women: the extent to which a career accommodates work/life balance and has a competitive culture. We find that female students receive substantially more information on work/life balance relative to male students, even when students do not specifically ask about this issue. In contrast, professionals do not differentially highlight workplace culture to female students. Our paper incorporates real student advice-seekers, which advances correspondence studies in two ways. First, because we select student participants based on their interest in career information, the design respects the scarcity of professionals' time. Second, we elicit preferences from student participants for professionals, which allows us to assess the role of selection in amplifying or attenuating average gender discrimination. Our findings suggest that  gender bias in information provision persists even when accounting for student selection of professionals.

About the Speaker

Melanie Wasserman

Melanie Wasserman is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Her research investigates the mechanisms underlying gender differences in labor market and educational outcomes.

Note:  Zoom Registration Link.  Upon registration you will receive an automatically generated email with the link for the seminar.

Also Note Change in Normal Day:  This seminar is on a Tuesday

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