This article argues that cross-national diversity in women's concentration in the public sector explains a substantial part of the cross-national variation in the gender gap in job authority. Using data on individuals in 26 countries represented in the 2005 International Social Survey Program module on Work Orientation (supplemented by societal-level information), this study supports this argument. The authors find that in countries with high levels of women's concentration in the public sector, the gender gap in job authority is wider than in countries with lower levels of public sector feminization. The implications of these results are discussed in the context of state interventions in gender inequalities.
- Gender gap
- Job authority
- Public sector
- Women's employment
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management