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Occupational Segregation and the Tipping Phenomenon: The Contrary Case of Court Reporting in the United States

  • Joyce P. Jacobsen


    (Economics Department, Wesleyan University)

The “tipping” phenomenon, whereby an occupation switches from dominance by one demographic group to dominance by another, has occurred in various occupations. Multiple causes have been suggested for such switches, including several related to technological change, both through effects on the performance of the work and through the effect of changing demand for different occupations. The court reporting occupation provides a novel setting for testing the relevance of various proposed causes for the increased feminization of many occupations. In this case, many of the general correlates, including declining wages, are not found; rather the phenomenon is related to the earlier feminization of the clerical workforce and the increased identification of court reporting with clerical work.

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Paper provided by Wesleyan University, Department of Economics in its series Wesleyan Economics Working Papers with number 2005-005.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2005
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Publication status: published in Gender, Work and Organization, March 2007, 14 (2): 130-161
Handle: RePEc:wes:weswpa:2005-005
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