March 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Sociology & Anthropology Colloquium | The Mark of a Woman’s Record: Gender and Academic Performance in Hiring, March 23

Dr. Natasha Quadlin

Dr. Natasha Quadlin

The Sociology & Anthropology Colloquium Series presents Dr. Natasha Quadlin on “The Mark of a Woman’s Record: Gender and Academic Performance in Hiring” on Friday, March 23, at 4:00 p.m. in Bentley Annex 007.

Quadlin is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University. Her research focuses on social inequality in access and returns to education. She is particularly interested in using large-scale experiments and surveys to examine the mechanisms behind inequalities in schools, families, and labor markets.

Quadlin received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University and a B.S. in Social Policy from Northwestern University.

Abstract: Women’s academic performance—at all levels of educational attainment—outpaces men’s, but we do not know whether academic performance translates into labor market outcomes. College fields of study add an additional layer of complexity, as fields of study are often gendered, and women are stereotyped as having stronger skills in some fields (e.g., humanities) than others (e.g., STEM). I ask: How does gender structure the labor market opportunities students receive as a result of their achievement in college? Further, what happens when women excel in fields they’re not expected to excel in? Using data from an audit experiment and a survey experiment, I examine the effects of gender, achievement, and field of study in the entry-level labor market. The audit study consisted of over 2,100 job applications that experimentally manipulated applicants’ gender, achievement, and college major. The survey experiment was conducted with over 250 HR personnel to unpack why employers evaluate men’s and women’s achievement the way they do. Results from these studies are discussed, along with implications for research on gender, education, and STEM careers.

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