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Home | Events Archive | Gender Promotion Gaps: Career Aspirations and Workplace Discrimination

Gender Promotion Gaps: Career Aspirations and Workplace Discrimination

  • Series
  • Speaker(s)
    Ghazala Azmat (Sciences Po, France)
  • Field
    Empirical Microeconomics
  • Location
  • Date and time

    May 18, 2021
    16:00 - 17:00

Please send an email to Nadine Ketel or Paul Muller if you are interested to participate in this seminar (series).

Using a representative survey of U.S. lawyers, we document a sizeable gender gap in early partnership aspirations, which explains half of the later gender promotion gap. We propose a model to understand aspirations and then empirically test it. We show that aspirations induce greater effort and increase regret if a promotion is not obtained. Furthermore, aspirations are linked to fertility choices and workplace experiences (mentoring and discrimination). Facing harassment or demeaning comments at an early career stage affects later promotion, mediated via a change in aspirations. We highlight that measuring aspirations, and understanding how they are formed, is key to explaining gender career gaps. Joint with Vicente Cunat and Emeric Henry.