Gender and Occupation: A Data-Driven Learning Guide
Data for this exercise come from a survey of employers which was one conducted as part of the Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality. The purpose of the study was to understand how changing labor market dynamics, racial attitudes and stereotypes, and racial residential segregation foster urban inequality.
The data represent a telephone survey of current business establishments in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, and Los Angeles carried out between spring 1992 and spring 1995 to learn about hiring and vacancies, particularly for jobs requiring only a high school education. An employer size-weighted, stratified, probability sample (approximately two-thirds of the cases) was drawn from regional employment directories, and a probability sample (the other third of the cases) was drawn from the current or most recent employer reported by respondents to a household survey. Employers were asked about characteristics of their firms, including composition of the firm's labor force, vacant positions, the person most recently hired and his/her salary, hours worked per week, educational qualifications, promotions, the firm's recruiting and hiring methods, and demographic information for the respondent, job applicants, the firm's customers, and the firm's labor force, including age, education, race, and gender.
This exercise will use the following variables:
- Total number of clerical employees at firm (D2)
- Total number of female clerical employees at firm (D2A)
- Total number of sales employees at firm (D3)
- Total number of female sales employees at firm (D3A)
- Total number of manual or blue-collar employees at firm (D4)
- Total number of female manual or blue-collar employees at firm (D4A)
- On average, do you think that some of these tasks are performed better by men and others are performed better by women? (CC14)
CITATION: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Gender and Occupation: A Data-Driven Learning Guide. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-16. Doi:10.3886/genderoccupation
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