École normale supérieure – PSL

Women and Minority Groups in the Labour Market


S2, 3 ECTS

ECO-IN-E316-S2

Alex Bryson

The lectures/seminars will examine the experiences of women and minority groups in the labour market.  They will consider the barriers they face in entering the labour force and progressing in their careers, including the role played by stereotyping and discrimination. They ask: what factors affect differential treatment of majority and minority groups in the labour market, and those of men and women, and what are the policy implications? There will be a particular focus on the size and origins of the gender wage gap and what can be done to rectify it.

Key concepts

  • discrimination; pay gaps; gender; ethnicity; disability; minorities; correspondence studies

After completing the work students should be able to reflect on:

  • the factors affecting experiences of women and minority groups in the labour market
  • the size and cause of pay gaps between workers based on gender and minority status
  • the labour market issues faced by migrants and refugees
  • employer and government responses to pay gaps and labour market discrimination