Markets in hierarchies: organizational and market influences on gender inequality in a state pay system

W. P. Bridges, R. L. Nelson

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Abstract

This article develops two models of the market-organization relationship - an administered-efficiency model and a bureaucratic-politics model. Quantitative analyses of individual and job-level data in a state government pay system indicate that the administered-efficiency model does not adequately explain male-female earnings differences. Documentary, testimonial, and interview data strongly suggest the significance of bureaucratic politics in the pay-determination process. We conclude that market forces influence wage rates but are heavily mediated by organizational factors unrelated to efficiency considerations. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)616-658
Number of pages43
JournalAmerican Journal of Sociology
Volume95
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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