Economics at your fingertips  

Measuring gender segregation

Diego C. Botassio () and Rodolfo Hoffmann ()
Additional contact information
Diego C. Botassio: University of São Paulo
Rodolfo Hoffmann: University of São Paulo

Economic Theory Bulletin, 2020, vol. 8, issue 1, 25-47

Abstract: Abstract This paper aims to fill some gaps in the literature concerning the sensitivity of segregation measures. We examine the definitions of regressive and progressive movement, and formally describe the requirements for these movements. As a result of this analysis, we relax a strong assumption established in the literature regarding these movements. Since these measures increase with regressive movement, we are interested in analyzing how the measures’ sensitivities vary as a function of the position of the strata. This analysis allows us to establish how the segregation measures behave with an increase in the number of people in one category in a stratum. We analyze these concepts in terms of the Gini index and the class of additively decomposable measures and analyze the sensitivity of the index of dissimilarity to regressive movements. Data from a national household survey are used to illustrate the results found in the paper.

Keywords: Segregation; Segregation measurement; Sensitivity; Pigou–Dalton principle; Gender segregation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 J01 J16 J21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) Abstract (text/html)
Access to the full text of the articles in this series is restricted.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from

DOI: 10.1007/s40505-019-00162-8

Access Statistics for this article

Economic Theory Bulletin is currently edited by Nicholas C. Yannelis

More articles in Economic Theory Bulletin from Springer, Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET) Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla ().

Page updated 2020-05-09
Handle: RePEc:spr:etbull:v:8:y:2020:i:1:d:10.1007_s40505-019-00162-8