The Gender Gap in Self-Promotion

  • Date: Dec 15, 2021
  • Time: 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Christine Exley, Harvard Business School
  • Location: Zoom meeting
  • Room: Please contact Zita Green for Zoom link:
We run a series of experiments, involving over 4,000 online participants and over 10,000 school-aged youth. When individuals are asked to subjectively describe their performance on a male-typed task relating to math and science, we find a large gender gap in self-evaluations. This gap arises both when self-evaluations are provided to potential employers, and thus measure self-promotion, and when self-evaluations are not driven by incentives to promote. The gender gap in self-evaluations proves persistent and arises as early as the sixth grade. No gender gap arises, however, if individuals are instead asked about their performance on a more female-typed task.
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