#45283 | AsPredicted

'The Bamboo Ceiling in Post-MBA Starting Salary'
(AsPredicted #45283)


Created:       07/27/2020 02:03 PM (PT)

This is an anonymized version of the pre-registration.  It was created by the author(s) to use during peer-review.
A non-anonymized version (containing author names) should be made available by the authors when the work it supports is made public.

1) Have any data been collected for this study already?
It's complicated. We have already collected some data but explain in Question 8 why readers may consider this a valid pre-registration nevertheless.

2) What's the main question being asked or hypothesis being tested in this study?
For non-consulting jobs, East/Southeast Asians have a lower post-MBA starting salary than South Asians.
For non-consulting jobs, East/Southeast Asians are less likely to negotiate post-MBA starting salary than South Asians.
For non-consulting jobs, East/Southeast Asians’ tendency to not negotiate mediates the effect of race on post-MBA starting salary.

3) Describe the key dependent variable(s) specifying how they will be measured.
Post-MBA starting base salary ($ inflation adjusted)
Negotiated (1 = yes, 0 = no)

4) How many and which conditions will participants be assigned to?
N/A

5) Specify exactly which analyses you will conduct to examine the main question/hypothesis.
For non-consultants and consultants:
Independent-samples t tests and OLS regressions (with controls): compare the mean starting base salary of East/Southeast Asians, South Asians, Whites
Chi-square tests and logistic regressions (with controls): compare the negotiation tendency (1=yes, 0=no) of East/Southeast Asians, South Asians, Whites
Mediation analyses: East/Southeast Asians’ tendency to not negotiate mediates the effect of race on post-MBA starting salary

6) Describe exactly how outliers will be defined and handled, and your precise rule(s) for excluding observations.
We will focus on MBA students who became regular company employees, because the other employment categories (e.g., sponsored, starting own business) might differ substantively.
We will limit data analyses to MBA students who accepted jobs in the United States.
We will limit data analyses to MBA students who were not multiracial or other-races.

7) How many observations will be collected or what will determine sample size?
No need to justify decision, but be precise about exactly how the number will be determined.

We will analyze all available class years collected and provided by the MBA program (N > 3000).

8) Anything else you would like to pre-register?
(e.g., secondary analyses, variables collected for exploratory purposes, unusual analyses planned?)

If East Asians and Southeast Asians do not differ significantly in key variables, we will group them together for ease of presentation (given their cultural similarities).

Among the respondents who had not negotiated for non-consulting jobs, EAs/SEAs were more likely to cite relationship concerns as a reason for not negotiating than other races.

For MBAs who went to consulting (where MBA job offers are usually standard and non-negotiable), East/Southeast Asians, South Asians, and Whites would not differ in base salary, negotiation tendency, or citing relationship concerns as a reason for not negotiating.

We will conduct analyses on the data collected and provided by the MBA program.