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Volume 1 Issue 3 (July 1993), Pages i-ii, 135-175

The Effect of Information Frame and Informant Gender on Judgements of Merit versus Gender‐Based Employment Selection (pages 143-152)

This study investigated the effect of information frame and informant gender on people's views on merit versus gender‐based selection. Results showed that people in general support merit selection and oppose preferential selection. However, the negative reaction to gender‐based selection could be attenuated when (1) female informants described the advantages of gender‐based selection to female respondents, and (2) male informants argued the same case to male respondents. In addition, the provision of justification further exacerbated perceptions of unfairness of gender‐based selection.

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