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Doomed to Failure? Gender Discrimination in the Job Market for College Graduates in China
Last registered on May 30, 2018

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Doomed to Failure? Gender Discrimination in the Job Market for College Graduates in China
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003020
Initial registration date
May 29, 2018
Last updated
May 30, 2018 9:52 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Central University of Finance and Economics
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Central University of Finance and Economics
PI Affiliation
Central University of Finance and Economics
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2013-10-01
End date
2014-05-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
In this paper, we examine employment-related gender discrimination during an initial stage of the hiring process via a focus on recent college graduates in China. By examining firms’ responses to fictitious resumes with randomly generated information on gender and other key attributes of applicants (e.g., school reputation, student’s academic achievement, and leadership experiences), we are able to separate the effect of gender on a student’s potential for getting an on-site interview from confounding effects of other factors. We find that female applicants, on average, are less likely to be invited by hiring firms to on-site interviews than male applicants – all other things being equal. Furthermore, school reputation, a student’s academic achievement and leadership experiences play no role in narrowing the gender disparity. This suggests that hiring firms do not compromise on their gender preference – even in the context of high achievement of a female applicant.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Li, Tao, Haigang Wang and Jian Zhang. 2018. "Doomed to Failure? Gender Discrimination in the Job Market for College Graduates in China." AEA RCT Registry. May 30. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3020-1.0.
Former Citation
Li, Tao, Haigang Wang and Jian Zhang. 2018. "Doomed to Failure? Gender Discrimination in the Job Market for College Graduates in China." AEA RCT Registry. May 30. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3020/history/30159.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2013-10-01
Intervention End Date
2014-05-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
firms’ responses to fictitious resumes with randomly generated information on gender and other key attributes of applicants
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We created identical, fictitious resumes in which gender and a number of certain other characteristics, (i.e., commonly perceived as important for obtaining a job) had been randomly assigned. These fictitious resumes were then submitted to recruiting firms. We then examined hiring firms’ responses.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
firm
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
more than 1000 firms
Sample size: planned number of observations
more than 1000 firms
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
about 600 firms
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers