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Gender- and Class-Specific Job Preferences: Survey Experiments in Different Household Contexts

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Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)


There is preliminary empirical evidence that persisting gender inequalities are at least partly rooted in a missing fit of job offers’ working conditions and institutional frames to individual preferences; and that this is particularly true from a couple and family perspective. So far these inequalities were only rarely theoretically modeled and empirically researched.

Using an innovative experimental data set the general aim of the proposed project is to analyze how institutional and organizational frameworks frame gender and class specific willingness to accept job offers, and how differences in preferences and willingness to make concessions relate to the division of labor in couples and families.

  • How do gender inequalities intersect with a possible mismatch?
  • What is the impact of flexible working hours or availability and regional distribution of child care facilities on gender and class specific labor supply?
  • How do norms and earnings constellations within households become relevant?
  • Would there be more or less inequality if institutional and organizational restrictions were removed, allowing more freedom of choice when realizing job preferences?

For the empirical analysis, a factorial survey module will be used which the applicants have successfully implemented into the Innovation Sample of the Socio Economic Panel (SOEP-IS). This module enables a multidimensional measurement of the willingness to accept job offers considering multiple, theoretically motivated conditions for reconciling work and family responsibilities for the first time.


A Stall Only on the Surface? Working Hours and the Persistence of the Gender Wage Gap in Western Germany 1985-2014.” 2021 European Sociological Review
Schmitt, Laila / Auspurg, Katrin
(See online at https://doi.org/10.1093/esr/jcac001)
„Is It Only The Money That Counts? Experimental Evidence on Gender-Specific Job Preferences“, 113th Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA), Philadelphia 2018
Auspurg, Katrin / Hinz, Thomas

Other Publications

„Why the gender wage gap exists“, LMU Munich Newsroom 7 Mar 2022
Auspurg, Katrin
(See online at https://www.lmu.de/en/newsroom/news-overview/news/why-the-gender-wage-gap-exists.html)
„New study: Part-time work is an important driver of the gender wage gap“, LMU Munich Newsroom 22 Feb 2022
Schmitt, Laila / Auspurg, Katrin
(See online at https://www.lmu.de/en/newsroom/news-overview/news/news-detailseite_64770.html)
„In Stereotypen gefangen“, LMU München 2017 (in German)
Auspurg, Katrin
(See online at https://www.lmu.de/de/newsroom/newsuebersicht/news/in-stereotypen-gefangen.html)