Gender-based biases in occupational hiring decisions

Kathryn Harvie, Jane Marshall-McCaskey, Lucy Johnston

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Two studies which investigated gender-based decision making in an occupational setting are reported. Participants judged the suitability of a male or a female applicant with identical résumés for a male-dominated or a female-dominated position. In Study 1, where participants gave their own judgments of the suitability of the applicants for the positions, there was no evidence of gender-based biases. In Study 2, participants were required to take the perspective of the applicant in providing their judgments of suitability. In this experiment, gender-based biases were apparent, with a positive bias toward the male applicant. Results are discussed in terms of occupational stereotyping and subtle sexism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1698-1711
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 1998
Externally publishedYes


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