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Anticipated Discrimination, Choices, and Performance: Experimental Evidence

Gary Charness (), Ramon Cobo-Reyes, Simone Meraglia and Ángela Sánchez

European Economic Review, 2020, vol. 127, issue C

Abstract: This paper studies experimentally whether potential perceived discrimination affects decisions in a labor-market setting with different stereotypes. Participants are assigned to a seven-person group and randomly allocated a role as a firm or worker. In each group, there are five workers and two firms. The only information firms have about each worker is a self-selected avatar (male, female or neutral) representing a worker's gender. Each firm then decides which worker to hire. Female workers react to potential discrimination when they know the task is math-related, but not otherwise. Men choose similar avatar patterns regardless of the task. Men do perform at much higher levels in the math-related task, but there is no difference in performance in the emotion-recognition task, where there is a strong female stereotype.

Keywords: Gender stereotypes; Discrimination; Hiring patterns (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A14 C91 J16 J70 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2020.103473

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