Are There Sex Differences in the Utilization of Educational Capital among College-Educated Workers?

Kimberlee A. Shauman, University of California, Davis

This paper introduces the concept of educational utilization as an overlooked part of the education-to-work transition and a potential mechanism by which occupational sex segregation is generated among the college-educated labor force. The paper begins with a critical discussion of the operationalization approaches that have been used in prior research that implicitly measures educational utilization. Multiple empirical measure of the concept are then developed using data from the O*NET and the National Surveys of College Graduates. Each is then used to assess sex differences in educational utilization using data from the 1993 and 2003 National Surveys of College Graduates for cohorts of college graduates who earned their bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degrees and entered the labor market in the years 1985 to 1993 and 1995 to 2003.

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Presented in Session 123: Education: Causes and Effects