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Atonu Rabbani

University of Dhaka
Department of Economics
Dhaka
Bnagladesh

E-Mail: atonu.rabbani@du.ac.bd
Institutional Affiliation: University of Dhaka

NBER Working Papers and Publications

July 2020Challenges of Change: An Experiment Promoting Women to Managerial Roles in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector
with Rocco Macchiavello, Andreas Menzel, Christopher Woodruff: w27606
Women remain disadvantaged in access to management positions around the world. We conduct a field experiment with 24 large garment factories in Bangladesh to test for inefficient representation of women among line supervisors. We identify the marginal female and male candidates for supervisory positions and randomly assign them to manage production lines. Three sets of results emerge: (i) extensive diagnostic testing at baseline reveal few skill differences between marginal female and male supervisor candidates; (ii) initially, marginal female candidates have lower productivity and evaluations from sub-ordinate workers, though after four to six months, these gaps disappear; and (iii) the share of the female candidates retained as line supervisor after the trial is significantly higher than...

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