diversity, experiment, field experiment, gender, race
While many firms have set ambitious goals to increase diversity in their ranks, there is a dearth of empirical evidence on effective ways to reach them. We use a natural field experiment to test several hypotheses on effective means to attract minority candidates for top professional careers. By randomly varying the content in recruiting materials of a major financial services corporation with more than 10,000 employees, we find that signaling explicit interest in employee diversity more than doubles the interest in openings among racial minority candidates, as well as the likelihood that they apply and are selected. Impacts on gender diversity are less sharp and generally not significant.
Original Publication Citation
“Increasing workplace diversity: Evidence from a recruiting experiment at a Fortune-500 company” (with Jeffrey Flory, Andreas Leibbrandt, and Christina Rott). Journal of Human Resources, 56:1, 73-92,2021.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Flory, Jeffrey A.; Leibbrandt, Andreas; Rott, Christina; and Stoddard, Olga B., "Increasing Workplace Diversity: Evidence from a Recruiting Experiment at a Fortune 500 Company" (2021). Faculty Publications. 5798.
University of Wisconsin Press
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Copyright Use Information