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Equal Opportunities, Segregation and Gender-Based Wage Differences: The Case of a Swedish University
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Working Life Science.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Working Life Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5967-7970
2009 (English)In: Journal of Industrial Relations, ISSN 0022-1856, E-ISSN 1472-9296, Vol. 51, no 5, p. 669-686Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There are considerable numbers of studies showing that women and men in Sweden work in different sectors and in different occupations; also that men to a greater extent than women work in higher hierarchical positions. Not only are segregation patterns persistent, but wage differences as well. Even though the wage gap between men and women in Sweden has decreased, it still persists. The article starts with a discussion of the framework for wage setting and more specifically regulations aiming at eliminating gendered wage differences at a more general level. Then we turn to a specific case study where we describe methods and data used. This is followed by two empirical sections, where the first is a quantitative description of segregation and wage patterns found between the two occupations in question. The second part is based on qualitative data and presents and analyses the wage formation process as experienced by these two groups. The article gives an illustration of both how decentralized wage negotiations and individualization of wage work for the higher educated employees and it also presents an aspect of the formation of gendered wage differences.

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2009. Vol. 51, no 5, p. 669-686
Keywords [en]
decentralized wage setting, gender wage differences, market value, university staff
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Work Sciences
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Working Life Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-10208DOI: 10.1177/0022185609346198OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-10208DiVA, id: diva2:493733
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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