Rapid Economic Development and Job Segregation: The Case of Taiwan

Most segregation studies have focused on industrialized nations where the economic structure is stable. However, when an economy experiences rapid development, the changing nature of industries and occupations may have a profound impact on gender segregation. This study uses a rapidly developing economy—Taiwan—to examine this issue. Based on the Yearbook of Manpower Survey Statistics, the gender representation was stable across industries and job status during the study period (1978–1997). However, occupation segregation increased dramatically. Rather than signaling a rise in discrimination, we find evidence that points to a benign, welfare improving self-selection, rather than gender discrimination. We speculate that this demonstrates occupation choice of women is more family-oriented when economic growth and development allows them this luxury.

Publication Information
Article Title: Rapid Economic Development and Job Segregation: The Case of Taiwan
Journal: Journal of Family and Economic Issues (Jun, 2009)
Author(s): Fuess, Jr., Scott M;  Hou, J.W.
Researcher Information
Fuess, Jr., Scott M
Fuess, Jr., Scott M
Steinhart Foundation Distinguished Professor of Business, Department Chair
  • Economy of Japan
  • Labor Economics (wages, employment, working conditions, unions)
  • Macroeconomics
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