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ERIC Number: ED080053
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 35
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The Quality of Work Available to College Educated Women and Men.
Kaun, David E.
The first part of this paper provides a review of the current debate regarding labor market discrimination of women in terms of pay and occupational choice. A review of the various causal factors offered in explaining this discrimination is given. The second part of the paper is concerned with the quality of work obtained by women and men in two education classes, those with four years of college, and those with five or more years of college. Descriptive characteristics of work for detailed occupations, taken from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, are applied to 1960 Census of Population occupation data. The qualitative characteristics include: intellectual requirements; educational and training requirements; physical working conditions; interests and temperaments; and socio-economic prestige levels of each occupation. This analysis indicates that in general the work available to college educated women is less challenging, utilizes their training to a lesser degree, offers little opportunity for work with abstractions or of a creative nature, and has lower socio-economic prestige, as compared to men with the same education. Custom, labor market institutions, and discrimination are the prime causal factors for these differences. (Author)
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