Glass Boundaries - Gendering the labour market - costs of occupational and educational segregation

Glass Boundaries

Promoter: Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES)


Institute for Social Research

CH Business Consulting, SA

Nova Ágora - Centro de Formação de Associação de Escolas

EEA Grants: 59,852

Total Amount: 59,852



What is the project about?

The project Glass Boundaries - Gendering the labour market - costs of occupational and educational segregation aims to gather evidence to support proposals for action aiming at the reduction of the economic and social costs of segregation, an objective in line with the National Strategy for Equality and Non-discrimination that combats discrimination based on sex and promotes equality between women and men. The project assumes an integrated approach in order to identify the multiple aspects of segregation, in the labour market and on vocational choices, and the way they influence economic inequalities between women and men.

It is a Small Grant Scheme #1 project - Studies on the economic impact of gender equality.


What will it achieve?

  • Characterize the recent evolution of the sexual segregation of occupations in Portugal, in the horizontal, vertical and transversal perspectives.

  • Determine the impact of employment segregation on pay inequality between men and women, using a simulation technique based on multiple linear regressions.

  • Characterize the sexual segregation of vocational and artistic education in public secondary schools and its regional patterns.

  • Characterize the sexual segregation in the choices of applicants for public higher education.

  • Estimate the influence of the socio-professional status of the family of origin on educational choices in secondary and higher education for boys and girls.

  • Identify determinants of professional and educational choices from the perspective of key stakeholders in the areas of employment, education and training.

  • Diagnose obstacles to the desegregation of the training and employment system and also identify policy measures to overcome these blockages.

  • Analyse the implications and the challenges of policies aimed at the desegregation of the labour market and education / training system based on the results of the different project activities.


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