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Technology and librarianship: a test of the human capital model of occupational segregation


  • Marybeth Charters
  • Paul Grimes


An empirical test of the human capital model of occupational segregation is undertaken by analysing the gender ratio of new entrants into a traditional female occupation over a period of time characterized by significant technological change. Specifically, the relative number of females receiving the terminal professional degree in librarianship is examined over the 1968-92 period using regression analysis. The results indicate that a statistically significant decline in the relative number of new female entrants occurred over this period, ceteris paribus. Thus, the human capital model cannot be rejected in this case.

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  • Marybeth Charters & Paul Grimes, 1997. "Technology and librarianship: a test of the human capital model of occupational segregation," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 4(7), pages 403-406.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:4:y:1997:i:7:p:403-406
    DOI: 10.1080/135048597355131

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