Sex Discrimination in Professional Employment: A Case Study: Reply

Osterman, Paul
January 1981
ILR Review;Jan81, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p275
Academic Journal
The article presents a reply by Paul Osterman to a comment made on his paper about sex discrimination toward women in professional employment. Osterman's objection to the comment is that the author moves much too easily from his observation to the conclusion that the results support the statistical discrimination model presented. The strategy in the article was to examine different possible explanations for a very large sex-based salary differential and to see if the explanations were reasonable in light of the data. In the commentary, same style of reasoning was applied to statistical discriminationtheories.


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