Social desirability bias in attitudes towards sexism and DEI policies in the workplace

Social desirability bias in attitudes towards sexism and DEI policies in the workplace

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liepp working paper : Social desirability bias in attitudes towards sexism and DEI policies in the workplace

Anne Boring , Josse Delfgaauw
Abstract of publication : 

Do workers speak their mind about sexism and about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies in the workplace? We measure social desirability bias regarding sexism and DEI policies using a list experiment survey among workers from five male-dominated industries in France and in the US. In both countries and, remarkably, among both men and women, we document substantial social desirability bias. Managers exhibit a larger bias than non-managerial employees. This difference between voiced and real attitudes may make organizations overestimate support for DEI policies in their workforce, rendering such policies less effective.

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Cite this publication :  Anne Boring, Josse Delfgaauw. Social desirability bias in attitudes towards sexism and DEI policies in the workplace. 2023.

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