Doris Weichselbaumer is Professor and Head of the Women's and Gender Studies Department at the University of Linz (JKU), Austria. Previously she has been Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at JKU. She has held Visiting Professorships at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, and HWR, Berlin. Research visits have included UC Berkeley, Harvard, UMass Amherst and the University of London (LSE, SOAS).

In her research she has conducted labor market experiments to investigate discrimination based on sex and sexual orientation in particular. She has also examined methods and rhetoric employed in the literature on the gender wage gap as well as reasons for international differences in the gender wage gap. Currently she works on the effect of ethnicity and religion on labor market outcomes.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2003.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10217

Germany is currently experiencing a high influx of Muslim migrants. From a policy perspective, integration of migrants into the labor market is crucial. Hence, a field experiment was conducted that examined the employment chances of females with backgrounds of migration from Muslim countries, and especially of those wearing headscarves. It...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9354
published in: German Economic Review, 2017, 18 (2), 237-265

This paper experimentally examines the employment opportunities of Austrians with and without migration background who apply to job openings. Previous experiments have indicated ethnicity via the name of an applicant, however employers may not always correctly perceive this signal. This study uses a novel approach to signal ethnic background and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7425
published in: Industrial Relations, 2015, 54 (1), 131-161

In this paper, a correspondence testing experiment is conducted to examine sexual orientation discrimination against lesbians in Germany. Applications for four fictional female characters are sent out in response to job advertisements: a heterosexual single, a married heterosexual, a single lesbian and a lesbian who is in a 'same-sex registered...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3275
published in: Journal of Economic Psychology, 2010, 31 (3), 241-253

In this paper we experimentally test whether competing for a desired reward does not only affect individuals’ performance, but also their tendency to cheat. Recent doping scandals in sports as well as forgery and plagiarism scandals in academia have been partially explained by “competitive pressures”, which suggests a link between...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2918
published in: Kyklos, 2008, 61 (4), 615-635

Two very different approaches are used to explore the relation between market orientation and gender wage differentials in international data. More market orientation might be related to gender wage gaps via its effects on competition in product and labor markets and the general absence of regulation in the economy. The...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 906
published in: Journal of Economic Surveys, 2005, 9 (3), 479-511

Since the early seventies, hundreds of authors have calculated gender wage differentials between women and men of equal productivity. Consequently, estimates for the gender wage gap have been published for the most diverse countries at different points in time. This metastudy provides a quantitative review of this vast amount of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 905
published in: Industrial Relations, 2006, 45 (3), 416–436

Scientific rhetoric can have a profound impact on the perception of research; it can also drive and direct further research efforts. What determines whether results are discussed in a neutral or a judgmental way? How precise and convincing must results be so that authors call for significant policy changes? These...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 822
published in: Economic Policy, 2007, 22 (50), 235-287

This paper evaluates the impact of economic and legal variables on wage differentials between men and women. Since Becker (1957) economists have argued that competitive markets eliminate discrimination in the long run. On the other hand, practically all countries have enacted some sort of law mandating equal treatment of men...