Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts. E-Mail: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Families and the Economy for financial support of this project. We also thank Andy Anderson, Dale Ballou, Sam Bowles, Paula England, Naomi Gerstel, Laurie Morgan, Barbara Reskin, Pete Rossi, Doris Weichselbaumer, Cathy Weinberger, members of the University of Massachusetts Political Economy Seminar, and anonymous referees for their helpful comments and suggestions. Dee Weber, Catherine Haskins, Pamela Davidson, Emily Jongkind, and Aaron Harsh provided invaluable research assistance.
Job Gendering: Occupational Choice and the Marriage Market
Article first published online: 25 MAR 2003
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Volume 42, Issue 2, pages 270–298, April 2003
How to Cite
Lee Badgett, M. V. and Folbre, N. (2003), Job Gendering: Occupational Choice and the Marriage Market. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 42: 270–298. doi: 10.1111/1468-232X.00290
- Issue published online: 25 MAR 2003
- Article first published online: 25 MAR 2003
Existing theories of occupational segregation appeal to family-related responsibilities, employer discrimination, and socialization to explain why women and men occupy such different jobs. We suggest that occupational segregation is perpetuated because women (and men) may be penalized in the marriage market for making nontraditional occupational choices. As an empirical test, we asked students to rate personal ad-like vignettes. Holding all else equal, having a gender-nonconforming occupation reduced the attractiveness of both men and women.