We examine a new intervention to overcome gender biases in hiring, promotion, and job assignments: an “evaluation nudge,” in which people are evaluated jointly rather than separately regarding their future performance. Evaluators are more likely to focus on individual performance in joint than in separate evaluation and on group stereotypes in separate than in joint evaluation, making joint evaluation the money-maximizing evaluation procedure. Our findings are compatible with a behavioral model of information processing and with the System 1/System 2 distinction in behavioral decision research where people have two distinct modes of thinking that are activated under certain conditions.
Iris Bohnet, the Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy, is a behavioral economist at Harvard Kennedy School, combining insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organizations and society, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Her most recent research examines behavioral design to de-bias how we live, learn and work. She is the author of the award-winning book What Works: Gender Equality by Design, (an example of a book talk can be viewed HERE) and advises governments and companies on the topic around the world. Professor Bohnet served as the academic dean of the Kennedy School, is the director of its research center, the Women and Public Policy Program, co-chair of the Behavioral Insights Group, an associate director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, and the faculty chair of the executive program “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She is a co-chair of the Global Future Council on Behavioral Science of the World Economic Forum and serves on the boards or advisory boards of Credit Suisse Group, Applied, and Edge, as well as numerous academic journals. She is married and the mother of two children.
- To Change the Culture, Change the Process: Achieving Diversity and Inclusion Goals with Iris Bohnet t.co/l6mwvXSp31 via @HuffPostBlog
Iris Bohnet says let's SEE more female leaders. Visibility matters. t.co/vO6jeKh6rL #womeninleadership #womenleaders #genderequality #glassceiling #strongwomen t.co/ep1HEcGoIN
Harvard Prof. Iris Bohnet says when it comes to female leadership, seeing is believing. t.co/vO6jeJZvAd #womenleaders #gendergap #glassceiling #strongwomen t.co/JGKKYiuYM8
- Harvard economist Iris Bohnet on how to design a hiring process that's fair for everyone t.co/LpcAISskQ8 via @QuartzAtWork