Journal article

Gender Differences in Accepting and Receiving Requests for Tasks with Low Promotability

Linda Babcock, Maria P Recalde, Lise Vesterlund, Laurie Weingart

American Economic Review | AMER ECONOMIC ASSOC | Published : 2017

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by NSF

Funding Acknowledgements

Babcock: Heinz College and Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, BP 319, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (e-mail:; Recalde: International Food Policy Research Institute, Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, 2033 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 (e-mail:; Vesterlund: Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, 4928 WW Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, and NBER (e-mail:; Weingart: Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (e-mail: The first three authors contributed equally to this project. We thank David Tannenbaum, Craig Fox, Noah Goldstein, and Jason Doctor for giving us permission to use their data. We thank David Klinowski, Rachel Landsman, Conor Lennon, and Amanda Weirup for superb research assistance. Participants at seminars and conferences at the University of Zurich, Stanford, Harvard, UCSB, UCSD, UCLA, CMU, Monash University, University of Adelaide, University of Bonn, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania, and Stockholm School of Economics are thanked for their helpful comments. We thank the Carnegie Bosch Institute and the NSF (SES-1330470) for generous financial support. Finally, we are forever grateful to MJ Tocci and Brenda Peyser for inspiring our research on low-promotability tasks. The authors declare that they have no relevant or material financial interests that relate to the research described in this paper.