Quantitative Sozialforschung



Gender- and Class-Specific Job Preferences: Survey Experiments in Different Household Contexts

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Principal Investigators


Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)


There is preliminary empirical evidence that persisting gender inequalities are at least partly rooted in a missing fit of job offers’ working conditions and institutional frames to individual preferences; and that this is particularly true from a couple and family perspective. So far these inequalities were only rarely theoretically modeled and empirically researched.

Using an innovative experimental data set the general aim of the proposed project is to analyze how institutional and organizational frameworks frame gender and class specific willingness to accept job offers, and how differences in preferences and willingness to make concessions relate to the division of labor in couples and families.

  • How do gender inequalities intersect with a possible mismatch?
  • What is the impact of flexible working hours or availability and regional distribution of child care facilities on gender and class specific labor supply?
  • How do norms and earnings constellations within households become relevant?
  • Would there be more or less inequality if institutional and organizational restrictions were removed, allowing more freedom of choice when realizing job preferences?

For the empirical analysis, a factorial survey module will be used which the applicants have successfully implemented into the Innovation Sample of the Socio Economic Panel (SOEP-IS). This module enables a multidimensional measurement of the willingness to accept job offers considering multiple, theoretically motivated conditions for reconciling work and family responsibilities for the first time.

Conference talks

Auspurg, Katrin, and Thomas Hinz. Not Only The Money Counts? Experimental Insights on Gender-specific Preferences for Non-monetary Job Attributes. American Sociological Association, Annual Meeting, 08/13/2017.

Other publications

Auspurg, Katrin. 2017. „In Stereotypen gefangen“. LMU Munich, May 1st.