Gender Differences in the Labour Market: Women's Concentration in Specific Branches of Economic Activity

By:
Maria Kouroutsidou,
Prof. Chryssi Vitsilakis,
Persa Fokiali
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This paper examines the phenomenon of women’s concentration in specific branches of economic activity and the consequent presence of horizontal gendered segregation of the labour market. The issue is examined comparatively on two levels (a) European and (b) Greek.

The work is divided into three parts. The first part presents the variables that affect women’s preferences over certain professions. Socio-economic factors are examined among which those related to women’s roles in the family and the society, their contribution to family income etc. The second part consists of an attempt to examine, on a comparative basis, statistical data that are critical in describing the dimensions of the phenomenon and its trends. The last part concentrates on the impact of women’s concentration in specific professions on certain economic variables, among which wages and unemployment rates.

The main conclusion is that the existence of the phenomenon under examination sets obstacles in the process of women’s integration in the labour market and leads toward continuation of gender discriminations in the economic world.


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Maria Kouroutsidou

University of the Aegean
Greece


Prof. Chryssi Vitsilakis

Dean, School of Humanities, University of the Aegean
Greece


Persa Fokiali

University of the Aegean
Greece


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