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Discrimination, performance and career progression in Australian public sector labor markets

Doucouliagos, Chris, Hone, Phillip and Ulubasoglu, Mehmet 2006, Discrimination, performance and career progression in Australian public sector labor markets, Deakin University, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Geelong, Vic..

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Title Discrimination, performance and career progression in Australian public sector labor markets
Author(s) Doucouliagos, ChrisORCID iD for Doucouliagos, Chris orcid.org/0000-0001-5269-3556
Hone, Phillip
Ulubasoglu, MehmetORCID iD for Ulubasoglu, Mehmet orcid.org/0000-0003-3055-5755
Publication date 2006-10-23
Series School Working Paper - Economic Series ; SWP 2006/07
Total pages 34
Publisher Deakin University, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Place of publication Geelong, Vic.
Keyword(s) J41
J45
J48
labor markets
discrimination
public sector
promotion
career progression
RePEc:dkn:econwp:eco_2006_07
Summary While promotion is an important mechanism for allocating labor within organizations, relatively little is known about the determinants of promotion in the highly diverse and traditionally heavily regulated Australian labor markets. This study uses unique data from the Victorian Public Sector Census 2004 to identify the extent and nature of bias in the promotion process. Specifically, we use the promotion histories of 16,675 public sector employees to investigate the existence of discrimination in promotion on the basis of gender, disability and cultural diversity. We find that some differences exist in the rate of promotion on the basis of gender, and to a lesser extent, of birthplace, but, importantly, most of these are due to differences in endowments. There are effectively no differences in promotion on the basis of disability. We find that the main driver of promotion in Victorian public sector labor markets is worker effort and performance. Compared to labor markets elsewhere, the Australian public sector is relatively free of discrimination in promotions.
Language eng
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30075295

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