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Gender promotion gaps and career aspirations

Azmat, Ghazala, Cuñat, Vicente ORCID: 0000-0001-7504-2801 and Henry, Emeric (2023) Gender promotion gaps and career aspirations. Management Science. ISSN 0025-1909 (In Press)

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Abstract

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 further document that the correlation between aspirations and effort provides a ‘mechanical’ link between aspirations and promotion. Early workplace experiences, such as harassment and demeaning comments, are linked to promotion aspirations. Moreover, early aspirations provide insight into eventual promotion outcomes that goes beyond what can be drawn only from expectations. Our study highlights that measuring aspirations and adapting the corporate culture that shapes them, is a key component for firms to improve workplace environments.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://pubsonline.informs.org/journal/mnsc
Additional Information: © 2023 INFORMS
Divisions: Finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J4 - Particular Labor Markets > J44 - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
K - Law and Economics > K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior > K40 - General
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M5 - Personnel Economics > M51 - Firm Employment Decisions; Promotions (hiring, firing, turnover, part-time, temporary workers, seniority issues)
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2023 15:03
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2024 00:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/120741

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