Luzzi, Giovanni Ferro; Flückiger, Yves
March 1998
Swiss Journal of Sociology;1998, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p59
Academic Journal
In this paper, we make use of the ordered probit method to analyze the process by which employers screen workers for promotion to higher occupational status. We come to the conclusion that firms put a high value on training and experience in their promotion strategy. We demonstrate further that marriage tends to improve the prospects of promotion for men, while it has the opposite effect on women's career. We then use these results to decompose the global index of segregation into one part explained by observable attributes of men and women and another residual (discriminating) portion. This methodology enables us to show that the disproportionate concentration of women in the lowest layers of the firms is, to a great extent, due to the discriminating policy applied by the employers toward them.


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