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

Yu-Wei Chu () and Susan Linz

No 4778, Working Paper Series from Victoria University of Wellington, School of Economics and Finance

Abstract: Do non-cognitive traits contribute to the gender gap in supervisory status and promotion? We use a large linked employer-employee dataset collected from six former socialist countries to assess the link between non-cognitive traits and upward mobility. Controlling for on workplace heterogeneity, we find that gender differences in locus of control, the preference for challenge versus affiliation, and adherence to work ethic together can explain about 7–18% of the gender gap in supervisory status and promotions Overall, non-cognitive traits provide an important, though incomplete, explanation for the gender gap in upward mobility.

Keywords: Gender gap; Non-cognitive traits; Workplace heterogeneity; Workplace; Upward mobility; Workplace personality traits (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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