PhD Project: Women’s Underrepresentation in Job Authority

In my PhD project, funded by a Research Talent grant awarded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), I study women’s underrepresentation in job authority in the Netherlands. Job authority is broadly defined as any workplace position in which the employee can make decisions about personnel and/or workplace policies and strategies. The data I use come largely from a combination of survey and register data.

Consequences of Women’s Representation in Positions of Power

Women’s (under)representation in positions of power arguably has consequences that transcend those that concern exclusively the women occupying these positions. I am interested in both broader societal and more narrow organizational repercussions of women’s (under)representation in authority. In this context, I have studied the influence of the share of women in management on the workplace gender gap in earnings (see my 2018 Gender, Work & Organization article).

Gender-of-interviewer Effects in Survey Research

On a more methodological note, I have done some research on gender-of-interviewer effects and reporting bias in interviewer-assisted survey data collection. Research has suggested gender-of-interviewer effects in interviewer-assisted data collection to be especially pertinent when sensitive topics are discussed. Specifically, I study whether gender-of-interviewer effects bias measures used for cross-country comparisons of gender-related ideology.