RSSE Ritwik Banerjee (IIM Bangalore) Affirmative Action and Application Strategies: Evidence from Field Experiments in Colombia

Začátek: čtvrtek 16. března 2023, 12:45
Konec: čtvrtek 16. března 2023, 14:15
Místo konání: RB 437
Kontaktní osoba: Tomáš Miklánek
Tagy: #doktorandi #research #rsse #zamestnanci

It is our pleasure that prof. Ritwik Banerjee (IIM Bangalore) will present on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 12:45 in room RB437 about his research on the topic “Affirmative Action and Application Strategies: Evidence from Field Experiments in Colombia“ 

Registration is not required and anyone who would like to attend is warmly invited.

BIO:  Ritwik Banerjee is an Associate Professor in the Economics area at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. His primary research area is at the intersection between Behavioural and Development Economics with a focus on topics such as discrimination, gender, and corruption, and he extensively uses Experimental Methods for his research. He currently holds a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers and is now visiting the University of Goettingen. For more information on his research, please visit 

ABSTRACT: Affirmative action changes incentives at all stages of employment. In this paper, we study the effects of affirmative action statements in job ads on i) the effort expended on the application process and ii) the manifestation of emotions, as measured by the textual analysis of the content of the motivation letter. To this end, we use data from two field experiments conducted in Colombia. In the Control condition, women spend less time in the application process than men. Besides, female motivation letters exhibit lower levels of emotion, as measured by valence, arousal, and dominance. However, those differences vanish in the affirmative action treatment where we announce that half of the positions were reserved for women. In the Affirmative Action condition, the effort dedicated by women significantly increases and the motivation letters written by the female candidates show a significant increase in the expression of positive emotions. The results indicate that affirmative action policies can have significant encouraging effects on both effort and appeal of job applications of women, thereby reducing the gender gap in these outcomes.


RSSE Ritwik Banerjee (IIM Bangalore)