Contact use in job placement and its impact on the gender earnings gap in transitional urban China : evidence from Xiamen, 1999

Shen, Jing ; Kogan, Irena

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: International Sociology
Volume: 32
Issue number: 1
Page range: 130-154
Place of publication: London ; Los Angeles, CA
Publishing house: Sage
ISSN: 0268-5809 , 1461-7242
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
School of Social Sciences > Soziologie, Gesellschaftsvergleich (Kogan 2009-)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Unlike the majority of existing studies that explain the gender earnings gap from a structural perspective, this study exemplifies to understand the unexplained part of gender earnings inequality from a behavioural perspective. By adopting a dataset collected in a Chinese city, Xiamen, at the establishing stage of China’s market economy, this study takes a focus on how earnings are affected by contact use in job placement. Results based on the Quantile Regression Model show that contact use significantly narrows the average gender earnings gap by enhancing women’s earnings in the lower to middle levels of the earnings hierarchy, but this positive role women’s contact use plays in their earnings outcome disappears in the upper level of the earnings hierarchy. This study thus calls upon scholarly attention to the importance of individual behaviour and its contextually sensitive outcomes in understanding the part of gender inequality that cannot be explained by the existing literature.

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