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Gender Differences in the Allocation of Low-Promotability Tasks: The Role of Backlash

Linda Babcock, Maria Recalde () and Lise Vesterlund ()

American Economic Review, 2017, vol. 107, issue 5, 131-35

Abstract: This paper examines whether backlash exacerbates gender differences in time spent on low-promotability tasks. We ask whether gender differences found in previous research--women receiving more requests than men to do these tasks and women being more likely to accept such requests--amplify by the prospect of penalties for declining the request. We replicate prior findings but find no evidence that penalties increase the gender differences in task allocation. In addition, we find that the penalties men impose on others for saying "no" are larger than those imposed by women.

JEL-codes: D12 J16 J22 J24 J71 J81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.p20171018
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