Essay On Occupational Segregation

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Occupational segregation is a reality in the labor market and one of the significant reasons that explains the persistent wage gap between men and women. While some occupations, specifically those in healthcare and education, have become increasingly integrated over time, others remain highly concentrated by either men or women. Women are overrepresented in teaching and nursing, while men dominate the industries of business, engineering, and construction (source 1). This occupational segregation by sex is widespread in all industrialized nations and serves as an index of dissimilarity. Available research has documented an inverse correlation between occupational segregation and wages: a decline in occupational segregation marks an increase …show more content…
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