Date of Award

5-2016

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Accounting

First Advisor

W. Robert Smith, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Accounting

Abstract

Public accountants and students evaluated career success before and after career actions by public accountants, represented by resumes that were randomly assigned traditionally male or feminine names. Bias in favor of the resumes with a traditionally male name was initially detected, but after implementing recommendations from subjects, subject assessments favored resumes with a traditionally female name. This suggests that career choices matter and that choices can mitigate or even overcome gender bias in public accounting.

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