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More than 'Mutual Information': Educational and Sectoral Gender Segregation and their Interaction on the Flemish Labour Market

  • Van Puyenbroeck, Tom

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    (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium; KU Leuven, Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven)

  • De Bruyne, Karolien

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    (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB), Belgium KU Leuven, Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven)

  • Sels, Luc

    (KU Leuven, Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven)

We build on the Information Theory foundations of the Mutual Information Index of Segregation [Mora and Ruiz-Castillo, 2003; Frankel and Volij, 2007] to analyze two horizontal dimensions of gender segregation on the labour market. We provide a novel, three-way additive decomposition of their effects on overall segregation. Using survey data from 41,712 Flemish employees, we fi?nd that choice of study fi?eld has a larger effect on overall segregation than sectoral choice. Their mutual interaction is negative, indicating that sectoral segregation, although low, is still partly explained by educational choices.

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Paper provided by Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management in its series Working Papers with number 2010/29.

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Date of creation: Sep 2010
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