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In Search of a Weak Spot in the Glass Ceiling: The Role of Bureaucratization in Combating Discriminatory Appointment Outcomes
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the relationship between bureaucratization and verticaldiscrimination within the public sector in Sweden by looking at appointment probabilities. Homosocial preferences for same-sex associations are identified as a factor constraining women from climbing the career ladder—and one theorized to decrease as personal based authority is phased out in favor of bureaucratic standard procedures. The exploitation of a quasi-experimental variation in the appointment processes of Director-Generals—a commonly used title for agency heads—isolates the causal component of this substitution. Complementary data on the evolution of appointment outcomes for the unaffected Vice-Chancellors—an in many ways comparable agency head—is then used in the construction of two Difference-in-Differences specifications. The main finding is a large, but imprecisely estimated and non-significant, increase in the probability that an appointee is female in the treatment group relative to the control group.

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2017.
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Agency heads, Personal based authority, Homosociality, Power of appointment, Bureaucratization, Difference-in-Differences
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-317358OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-317358DiVA: diva2:1081419
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Available from: 2017-03-14 Created: 2017-03-14 Last updated: 2017-03-14Bibliographically approved

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