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Psychol Rep. 2005 Apr;96(2):349-60.

Context in selection of men and women in hiring decisions: gender composition of the applicant pool.

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  • 1Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


The hypothesis that the sex composition of an applicant pool affects the hiring probabilities of individual job applicants was tested using gender-distinctive information on accepted and rejected job applicants in The Netherlands. The evidence supports this hypothesis, although the effect sizes are moderate. Both men and women have a lower probability of being hired when the applicant pool contains fewer applicants from their own sex.

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