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.
- The New York Times follows Iris Bohnet, a behavioral economist from Harvard, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where 80 percent of participants are men. t.co/iAhLxiHBRf
- 👩💻 "What Works: Gender Equality by Design" A great talk by social scientist Iris Bohnet, professor at @Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She covers evidence-based ways to overcome #implicitbias in recruitment & ⬆️ #diversity. HT @Leaders_Plus t.co/CGaQlmlbK8
- Great article on how companies can close the #GenderPayGap by Iris Bohnet t.co/IUoo1oKB9i via @financialtimes
- "Gender equality must rest on a moral argument. It just is the right thing to do. Full stop." -Professor Iris Bohnet t.co/Nvqn3jUfDw