Taking A Pass: How Jobs Stay Gender-Segregated: IRLE Spring Seminar Series

Seminar | February 15 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), IRLE Director's Room

 Ming Leung, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business

 Institute of Research on Labor & Employment

Jobs are notoriously gender-segregated. But examinations of companies’ hiring data often don’t show a female disadvantage, even for male-dominated jobs. Many audit studies, on the other hand, do. This discrepancy can be partially explained by accounting for “failed searches” – cases when employers decide not to hire anyone from the applicant pool they receive. Professor Leung presents research from gig-economy work showing failed searches are more likely when many of the applicants are demographically different from the typical job holder. When a lot of women apply to a male-heavy tech job, for example, employers see the pool as unlikely to contain someone who “seemed skilled enough for my job.”

 Faculty, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

 All Audiences

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