Creating a level playing field: evidence from three field experiments - A conversation with Andreas Leibbrandt

Creating a level playing field - evidence from three field experiments

About 50 years ago the landmark equal pay case in Australia introduced principles for equal pay for men and women. Despite our efforts, women still earn substantially less than men. Recent statistics published by Workplace Gender Equality Agency indicate that the average full-time base salary gender pay gap was 16.2% in 2017-18 (source:

This is the second of two ESA podcasts that explore current research into the drivers of the gender wage gap. It additionally explores research on reducing the wage gap for minority groups.

In this podcast, Professor Andreas Leibbrandt discusses his field experiments that examine how seemingly minor differences in real job ad descriptions affect the behaviour of applicants. With this experimental framework he has investigated contextual factors that affect: whether women sort out of competitive workplaces, whether women initiate salary negotiations and whether equal opportunity statements increase applications from minority groups. We discuss the possible mechanisms behind his field experiment results, and implications for organisations aiming to reduce wage gaps.

If you enjoyed this podcast, you may also be interested in the upcoming Australian Gender Economics Workshop, hosted by the Women in Economics Network (WEN) and RMIT University, on 13-15 February 2019. The aim of AGEW is to foster a community of economic researchers who can collectively contribute to the high quality evidence base needed to guide the pursuit of more gender equitable outcomes in society. This year the AGEW welcomes two two highly distinguished international speakers Professor Iris Bohnet (Harvard University; VicHealth Leading Thinker) and Professor Shelly Lundberg (University of California, Santa Barbara). To find out more visit:   

Simone Wong
Economic Society of Australia (Vic) podcaster

Update: Andreas is now Professor in Economics at Griffith University

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the podcast hosts only and do not reflect the views of their employers nor do they represent the views of the Economic Society of Australia.

Music: "NoGoodLayabout" by Kevin MacLeod (, Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0,

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