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Title Inequality in Hiring: Gendered and Classed Discrimination in the Labor Market
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Degree PhD
Discipline/Department Sociology
Degree Level doctoral
University/Publisher The Ohio State University
Abstract Occupational segregation between men and women is a leading contributor to economic gender inequality. Although occupational segregation has declined in recent decades, most integration progress occurred in white-collar, not working-class, occupations. Yet virtually no scholarship exists on how employers’ social closure practices such as hiring discrimination may vary by occupational class and contribute to uneven integration patterns. Therefore, two important questions remain: Has gender-based discrimination in early job-access points become polarized and concentrated among working-class contexts? And how do other occupational dimensions embedded within the broader class structure also affect employers’ hiring practices? Using data derived from comparative correspondence audits of 3,156 jobs (N=6,302 resumes) and content coded analyses of over 3,000 job-postings, this dissertation analyzes variations in early hiring practices in white-collar and working-class jobs across two important dimensions: 1) sex compositions (male- or female-dominated jobs); 2) gender-typing (masculine- or feminine-typed jobs based on gendered attributes in job advertisements). I also consider how these two occupational dimensions uniquely intersect to affect discrimination across class structure.First, I investigate whether the sex compositions of occupations influence the presence of gender-based, hiring-related discrimination against male and female applicants and whether such discrimination varies across occupational class. My findings suggest a polarization of early sorting mechanisms in which discrimination against female applicants is concentrated in male-dominated working-class jobs. In contrast, employers discriminate against male applicants applying for female-dominated jobs across the occupational hierarchy. Second, based on content analysis of job ads, I investigate whether hiring-related discrimination on the basis of gender varies depending on whether a job (more specifically, a job ad) is masculine-typed or feminine-typed, and whether occupational class exacerbates or reduces discrimination by the gender-typing of jobs. Similar to findings above, I find that discrimination against female applicants is more prevalent in masculine-typed working-class jobs and that discrimination against male applicants in feminine-typed jobs occurs in both classes. Third, I consider how the combination of these two occupational dimensions, sex composition and gender-typing, affects discrimination across class structure. I find that discrimination compounds across occupational dimensions that directionally align (e.g., feminine-typed and female-dominated), holding true for male-applicants in both occupational classes and female applicants in working-class jobs. Importantly, I also find that female applicants experience disadvantages in particular white-collar occupations that emphasize masculine-typed attributes—challenging findings by other prior audit studies that assess discrimination only at the job level.These findings build on theories of…
Subjects/Keywords Sociology; Class; Discrimination; Female-dominated Occupations; Field Experiment; Gender; Gender Inequality; Hiring Discrimination; Hiring practices; Male-dominated Occupations; Occupational Class; Occupational Segregation; Resume Audit; Working-class; White-collar
Contributors Roscigno, Vincent (Advisor); Dwyer, Rachel (Advisor)
Language en
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Country of Publication us
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Record ID oai:etd.ohiolink.edu:osu1492542664842056
Repository ohiolink
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2017-09-19
Grantor The Ohio State University

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