AIAS Lunch Seminar 24 May - Haya Stier & Meir Yaish

Occupational Segregation and Gender Inequality in Job Quality: A Multi-Level Approach

Haya Stier & Meir Yaish

Day: Thursday 24 May 2012
Time: 12.15 – 13.15 hrs.
Location: AIAS, 3rd floor, M building, Plantage Muidergracht 12, Amsterdam
Registration: Please send an email, preferably before Tuesday 15.00 hrs, to register.
A sandwich will then be provided.


We examine gender differences in perceived quality of employment (achievement, content, job insecurity, job flexibility, and physical and emotional conditions). We ask whether women’s occupations provide better conditions in areas that facilitate their dual role in society, such as flexible working schedule, as a tradeoff for low monetary rewards. Specifically, we examine how closely women’s concentration in broader occupational categories, embedded in particular national contexts, is associated with gender differences in job quality.
Utilizing the 2005 ISSP modules on work orientation, we find that women lag behind men on most dimensions of job quality. This result runs counter to the hypothesis that women’s occupations compensate for their low wages and limited opportunities for promotion by providing better employment conditions. Just as important, however, the gender gap is found to narrow in most job quality dimensions as women’s relative share in occupations grows. The implications of these results are discussed.

Ms Haya Stier

Ms. Prof. Haya Stier is a Guest Professor of Sociology and Labor Studies at AIAS from 1 September 2011 till 1 September 2012.

At AIAS Ms Stier works on her research: “Bases of inequality in job quality in a comparative perspective.”. And continues the work on her research on “Economic resources and family behaviour.”

Tel Aviv University , Ramat Aviv
Dept. of Sociology& Dept. of Labor Studies
Room: 405, Naftali Building
Tel Aviv

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