VOSS in the BBC

Jude Browne

in Sex segregation and inequality in the modern labour market

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9781861345998
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303343 | DOI:
VOSS in the BBC

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This chapter illustrates the major quantitative findings of a large and detailed empirical investigation of occupational sex segregation in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It first briefly looks at the sex ratios in the BBC that provide optimal data from which to make comparisons of male and female workers across all sectors of the organisation. There is no straightforward correlation between high levels of male concentration and higher pay grades. According to human-capital-based theories, VOSS is caused by women's relatively average lower human-capital and productivity levels. Gary Becker's failure to recognise heterogeneity among women (and among men), irrespective of their marital or parental status, is rightly criticised. This leads to Preference Theory. Admittedly, the results of this chapter might appear rather promising for supporters of Catherine Hakim's Preference Theory.

Keywords: VOSS; British Broadcasting Corporation; sex ratios; pay grades; human capital; Preference Theory; Catherine Hakim; Gary Becker

Chapter.  5936 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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