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Gender Gaps in Performance: Evidence from Young Lawyers

Ghazala Azmat () and Rosa Ferrer
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Rosa Ferrer: Universitat Pompeu Fabra [Barcelona]

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Abstract: This paper documents the gender gap in performance among high-skilled professionals in the United States. On the basis of widely used performance measures in law firms, we find that male lawyers bill 10 percent more hours and bring in more than twice as much new client revenue as female lawyers. The differential impact across genders in the presence of young children and differences in aspirations to become a law firm partner account for a large share of the difference in performance. We show that accounting for performance has important consequences for gender gaps in lawyers’ earnings and subsequent promotion.

Keywords: Performance measures; Gender gaps; High-skilled professionals (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J16 J44 K40 M52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-eff, nep-gen, nep-hrm and nep-law
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Published in Journal of Political Economy, 2017, vol. 125, pp.1306-1355

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