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Experimental evidence on gender bias in an occupational choice: the role of parents

Magdalena Smyk

No 51, GRAPE Working Papers from GRAPE Group for Research in Applied Economics

Abstract: Gender occupational segregation, as one of the main sources of gender pay gap, is still strongly present. The stagnation of gender inequality in the labor market raises questions. One of them is how this situation is affected by sticky gender norms and inter-generational transmission of these norms. We conducted a vignette experiment in which subjects were advising fictional character in a job choice. Characters, as subjects were informed, already receive some advice from a parent or Internet occupational advisor. We find that subjects are in general more likely to follow some advice, but less likely to advise male-typed offer if the advisor is a parent. Also subjects with more traditional gender norms are less likely to advice risky, competitive, and inflexibly but better paid offers.

Keywords: gender norms; choice of occupation; family; gender occupational segregation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J16 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 22 pages
Date: 2021
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