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Career Implications of Having a Female-Friendly Supervisor

Steven Bednar and Dora Gicheva

ILR Review, 2018, vol. 71, issue 2, 426-457

Abstract: The authors study how variations in supervisors’ attitudes toward working with females generate gender differences in workers’ observed career outcomes. The employment records of athletic directors and head coaches in a set of NCAA Division I programs provide longitudinal matched employer–worker data. Supervisors are observed at multiple establishments, which allows the authors to construct a measure of revealed type and to examine its role for the performance and turnover of lower-level employees. The authors observe that the careers of male and female workers progress differently depending on supervisor type in a way that is consistent with a type-based mentoring model. The results suggest that more focus should be placed on managerial attitudes revealed through actions in addition to observable attributes such as gender.

Keywords: labor transitions; linked employer–employee data; gender; wage determination model; labor productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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