Sorting through affirmative action: Three field experiments in Colombia

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April 2015
Paper author(s): 
Marcela Ibañez (Georg August University Göttingen)
Ashok Rai (Williams College)
Gerhard Reiner (University of Mannheim)
Demographic Economics - Migration
Gender Economics
Poverty - Inequality - Aid Effectiveness

Affirmative action to promote women's employment is a intensely debated policy. Do affirmative action policies attract women and does it come at a cost of deterring high qualified men? In three field experiments in Colombia we compare characteristics of job-seekers who are told of the affirmative action selection criterion before they apply with those who are only told after applying. We find that the gains in attracting female applicants far outweigh the losses in male applicants. Affirmative action is more effective in areas with larger female discrimination and deters male job-seekers from areas with low discrimination.


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