2014 Harcourt Lecture: ‘Sustaining the Glass Ceiling through Gender Differences in Beliefs and Behaviour’

Professor Lise Vesterlund

We invite you to join us for the 2014 Harcourt Lecture, ‘Sustaining the Glass Ceiling through Gender Differences in Beliefs and Behaviour’ presented by Professor Lise Vesterlund.

This year’s lecture will discuss gender inequality in labour market outcomes, despite significant female educational advances. Horizontal as well as vertical job segregation is substantial, causing men and women to have very different labour market experiences. The lecture will argue that these differences in part may be attributed to men and women differing in their response to the circumstances they face in the work place. Professor Vesterlund will present evidence documenting that relative to equally able men, women are more reluctant to enter competitions, less likely to overestimate their relative ability, and more likely to accept (and be given) non-promotable task assignments. These differences not only contribute to vertical gender segregation, but also point to the mechanisms that can help secure that the best qualified candidates are those promoted.

Professor List Vesterlund
Lise Vesterlund is the Mellon Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Copenhagen, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. Her research focuses on understanding how and why we give to charity, and on why men are more successful than women in climbing the corporate ladder.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday 1st October 2014
Time: 5.45pm – 6.45pm
Venue: Braggs Lecture Theatre, North Terrace, The University of Adelaide
Bookings: Register here by Friday 26th September 2014
Enquiries: Alisa Cameron  or 08 8313 5540

Geoff Harcourt Professorship

The Harcourt Professorship was established by generous donations in memory of the 25 years of infectious enthusiasm and distinguished scholarship which Geoff Harcourt gave to the School of Economics. Each year, the endowment invites a global leader in a field of economics to share their knowledge and experience not only with economics students and staff, but also the broader community. Click here to read more.

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