"Trickle-Down Effects of Affirmative Action: A Case Study in France"

New session of the online Seminar "Gender, Behavior and Decision-Making" by The Women & Science Chair of Université Paris Dauphine - PSL.

The next session of the seminar "Gender, Behavior and Decision-Making" will take place on Tuesday, February 14th from 5pm to 6pm online (via Teams).

The seminar will be held online (Teams event).

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We will have the pleasure to listen to José De Sousa who will present “Trickle-Down Effects of Affirmative Action: A Case Study in France” with Muriel Niederle.

José De Sousa is Professor of Economics at Université Paris-Saclay. His research focuses on topics related to trade and labor economics, in particular gender and discrimination.



The introduction of a quota for women in the French Chess Club Championship of 1990, provides a unique environment to study the effects of an affirmative action quota on three levels. We find that selected women improve their performance. We show large spillover and trickle-down effects: There are more and better qualified women.

We find no substantial adverse effects on French male players. International comparisons confirm that these results are unique to France. We discuss the characteristics of this quota and how best to implement a quota with similar properties in other environments.


About our Women & Science Chair

The Women and Science Chair at Université Paris Dauphine - PSL, created with the support of the L’Oréal Foundation, the Generali Foundation, La Poste, and the Talan Group, seeks to engage and foster interdisciplinary approaches to analyzing the causes and consequences of the underrepresentation of women in careers in scientific research and academia. The Women and Science Chair is member of the UNESCO chairs network.

Informations Pratiques

Date : mardi 14 février 2023
de 17h00 à 18h00
Lieu : En ligne