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Gender gap in upward mobility: what is the role of non-cognitive traits?

Yu-Wei Chu () and Susan Linz

International Journal of Manpower, 2017, vol. 38, issue 6, 835-853

Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to find whether non-cognitive traits contribute to the gender gap in supervisory status and promotion. Design/methodology/approach - The authors use a large employer-employee matched data set collected from six former socialist countries to assess the link between non-cognitive traits and upward mobility. Findings - Controlling for workplace heterogeneity, the authors find that gender differences in locus of control, the preference for challenge vs affiliation, and adherence to work ethic together can explain about 7-18 percent of the gender gap in supervisory status and promotion. Originality/value - Overall, non-cognitive traits provide an important, though modest, explanation for the gender gap in upward mobility.

Keywords: Supervisor; Promotion; Personality; Work ethic; Gender gap; Upward mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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