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Graduate Student Research Funding | 2021 - 2022 Academic Year

Paternalistic Discrimination in Bangladesh

Gender and Equity
Education and Skills
Trade and Migration

Women in Bangladesh struggle to access the labor market despite recent progress in education and training. We propose an experiment to test for a novel form of labor market discrimination, 'Paternalistic Discrimination', the preferential hiring of men to protect women from jobs or tasks perceived as harmful or difficult. We enlist employers to make hiring decisions for a real one-day job during the night shift and experimentally vary the perceived job costs by informing employers that hired workers are provided free safe transport home. We then test whether women are hired less often if the perceived job costs are high.

Nina Buchmann, Department of Economics

Nina Buchmann

Nina Buchmann is a PhD candidate in economics at Stanford University. Her areas of interest include development economics and behavioral economics and she is particularly interested in issues related to gender and discrimination. Prior to coming to Stanford, Buchmann worked as a research associate at JPAL/the Duke Development Lab and analyzed the impact of a large randomized control trial aiming to reduce child marriage and increase female empowerment in Bangladesh. She also worked as a consultant at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the European Central Bank researching and evaluating the relationship between finance and development. Buchmann holds a BA in economics from Harvard University and an MA in development economics from Yale University.

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