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Gender and Promotions: Evidence from Academic Economists in France

Abstract : The promotion system for French academic economists provides an interesting environment to examine the promotion gap between men and women. Promotions occur through national competitions for which we have information both on candidates and on those eligible to be candidates. Thus, we can examine the two stages of the process: application and success. Women are less likely to seek promotion, and this accounts for up to 76 percent of the promotion gap. Being a woman also reduces the probability of promotion conditional on applying, although the gender difference is not statistically significant. Our results highlight the importance of the decision to apply.
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Clément Bosquet, Pierre-Philippe Combes, Cecilia García-Peñalosa. Gender and Promotions: Evidence from Academic Economists in France. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley, 2019, 121 (3), pp.1020-1053. ⟨10.1111/sjoe.12300⟩. ⟨halshs-01661695⟩

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