Institute for Economic and Social Research

Jinan Lecture | Peter Kuhn, UC Santa Barbara


Speaker: Peter Kuhn, UC Santa Barbara 

Title: What Happens When Employers Can No Longer Discriminate in Job Ads? Evidence from a Chinese Job Board

Time: 10: 30 - 11:30 ,  19 May (Beijing Time, GMT + 8) 

About the speaker:

Peter Kuhn is a Labor and Personnel Economist with recent research interests in discrimination, turnover costs, China's labor markets, and the role of the internet as a labor market matchmaker. His research has been funded by the NSF, NIH and Ford Foundation, among others. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), and the Center for Economic Studies (CES). He currently serves as Co-Editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and sits on the editorial boards of AEJ: Applied, the Industrial and Labor Relations Review and Labour Economics. He is the author of a new textbook on Personnel Economics, published by Oxford University Press.


We study what happened when employers’ explicit gender requests were unexpectedly removed from a Chinese job board, on March 1, 2019.  We show that the removal raised the share of women in the pool of successful applicants to jobs that previously requested men (M jobs) by 63 percent, and raised men’s share in F jobs by 146 percent.  The main mechanism for both these effects was through application behavior-- conditional on applying, workers’ chances of success in gender-mismatched jobs did not change much after the removal.  We do not detect any negative unintended consequences of eliminating explicit gender requests on either firms or workers.


Deadline for registration:

12:00 (Beijing Time, GMT + 8), 18 May, 2021 


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