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Orchestrating Impartiality: The Impact of "Blind" Auditions on Female Musicians

Author: Claudia Goldin; Cecilia Rouse
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:The American Economic Review, v90 n4 (20000901): 715-741
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A change in the audition procedures of symphony orchestras--adoption of "blind" auditions with a "screen" to conceal the candidate's identity from the jury--provides a test for sex-biased hiring. Using data from actual auditions, in an individual fixed-effects framework, we find that the screen increases the probability a woman will be advanced and hired. Although some of our estimates have large standard errors and  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Claudia Goldin; Cecilia Rouse
ISSN:0002-8282
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5545615673
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A change in the audition procedures of symphony orchestras--adoption of "blind" auditions with a "screen" to conceal the candidate's identity from the jury--provides a test for sex-biased hiring. Using data from actual auditions, in an individual fixed-effects framework, we find that the screen increases the probability a woman will be advanced and hired. Although some of our estimates have large standard errors and there is one persistent effect in the opposite direction, the weight of the evidence suggests that the blind audition procedure fostered impartiality in hiring and increased the proportion women in symphony orchestras.
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