Discrimination in hiring: the curse of motorcycle women

Abstract : The event of holding a driver’s licence and listing it on a resume sends a signal of a capacity for mobility which generally increases the chances of getting a job. However, the effect of this signal can entirely be reversed in the case of a female candidate holding a motorcycle driver’s licence. We demonstrate this effect by using a testing procedure carried out in the Greater Paris area for the profession of young management controllers. In that profession with a high concentration of women, the simple attribute of a female candidate mentioning a motorcycle driver’s licence on her resume causes her to lose her advantage over a male candidate. The listing of a driver’s licence on a resume is perceived by the employers as a gender-related characteristic. This provides a clear instance of the complexity of studying the role of stereotypes in the analysis of discrimination in hiring.
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Loïc Du Parquet, Emmanuel Duguet, Yannick L'Horty, Pascale Petit. Discrimination in hiring: the curse of motorcycle women. 2014. ⟨halshs-01100317⟩

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