Wage Differentials, Occupational Segregation, and Gendered Creativity Perceptions in the Chinese Science and Technology Sector: Beijing and Wuhan
We examine the relationship between gender wage differentials and occupational segregation in small and medium-sized science and technology (S&T) firms in Beijing and Wuhan, using ethnographic material in addition to survey data from 202 firms. Although we find little evidence of overt discrimination against female workers, we discover significant gender wage gaps due to occupational segregation, influenced by cultural stereotypes, including perceptions of creativity differences among men and women. Research on gender issues in Chinese S&T may be limited, but scholarship on actual or perceived gender differences in creativity in the sector is, to the best of our knowledge, non-existent. Our analysis is a step toward filling that void.
Volume (Year): 37 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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