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What Difference Do Beliefs Make? Gender Job Associations And Work Climate

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Executive Summary

This paper investigates how women and men value their work climate if performing jobs with stereotypical male or female tasks. Using a special variable from a big data set the authors are able to address whether tasks or jobs are considered as more appropriate for males or females by society. They find that women report lower satisfaction with their work climate if performing jobs with stereotypical male tasks and vice versa. They argue that their results are in line with a recent study of Akerlof and Kranton (2000) considering identity based utility outcomes. The results indicate that the work climate might lead to gender specific utility outcomes and trade-off decisions.

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