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Wage Differentials, Occupational Segregation, and Gendered Creativity Perceptions in the Chinese Science and Technology Sector: Beijing and Wuhan

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  • Gale Summerfield

    () (Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) and Human and Community Development and Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 320 International Studies Building, 910 South Fifth St., Champaign, IL 61820, USA.)

  • Xiao-yuan Dong

    () (University of Winnipeg – Economics, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9 Canada.)

  • Nahid Aslanbeigui

    () (Economics, Finance, and Real Estate, Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ 07764, USA.)

  • Jie Hu

    () (Institute of Mathematic Economics and Technology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China.)

Abstract

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.

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  • Gale Summerfield & Xiao-yuan Dong & Nahid Aslanbeigui & Jie Hu, 2011. "Wage Differentials, Occupational Segregation, and Gendered Creativity Perceptions in the Chinese Science and Technology Sector: Beijing and Wuhan," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan;Eastern Economic Association, vol. 37(2), pages 178-196.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:easeco:v:37:y:2011:i:2:p:178-196
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