Preferences, Constraints, and the Process of Sex Segregation in College Majors: A Choice Analysis

Fabian Ochsenfeld
04.10.2016, GESIS Mannheim (B2,8 rechts), 13:45

To help resolve the puzzle presented by persistent sex segregation in college majors, I adopt a discrete choice design to study a nationwide sample of the 2010 cohort of college entrants in Germany. I scrutinize whether gendered major choices are shaped mostly by internalized gender roles or rather by adaptations to extrinsic incentives. The study makes at least two contributions to the state of research. I test whether gender essentialism works mostly through internalization or through constraining expectations that high school graduates adapt their behavior to. I also investigate whether segregation results from women’s anticipation of gendered family roles or from their anticipation of sex-based discrimination. The talk will be based on a  paper published recently in Social Science Research, volume 56.

Zur Person
Fabian Ochsenfeld, Diplom Soziologie an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, seit Januar 2012 als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main und seit Januar 2015 im von der DFG geförderten Forschungsprojekt „Organizational Structure, Technological Change and Rising Wage Inequality in Germany: an Empirical Study Using Linked Employer-Employee Data “ (PI: Prof. Markus Gangl). Forschungsgebiete: Wirtschaftssoziologie, Einkommens-, und Geschlechterungleichheit.