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Breaking the Glass Ceiling with "No": Gender Differences in Accepting and Receiving Requests for Non-Promotable Tasks

Lise Vesterlund ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Maria P. Recalde ()

No 5663, Working Paper from Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh

Abstract: Gender differences in task allocations may help sustain vertical gender segregation in labormarkets. If women hold more non-promotable tasks then they may progress more slowly than men inorganizations. Examining environments where a volunteer must be found for a task that everyoneprefers be completed by someone else (writing a report, serving on a committee, etc.) we find that,relative to men, women more frequently volunteer, more frequently are asked to volunteer, and morefrequently accept requests to volunteer. These differences are consistent with the belief that women,less than men, say ‘No’ to request to perform non-promotable tasks.

Date: 2015-01
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