Seminar Series #12: Savita Kulkarni on gender inequality and occupational segregation

The 12th session of the Seminar Series was conducted by Dr Savita Kulkarni, a faculty member at the Gokhale Institute on 21 July 2022, Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Seminar Hall. 

Title Stereotypical Occupational Segregation and Gender Inequality: An Experimental Study


This paper attempts to distinguish “trust in cooperation” and “trust in ability” with respect to gender in an experimental trust game. “Trust in ability” with respect to gender is explored in the context of hands-on mechanical ability where females are stereotypically believed to be inefficient. Such stereotypes govern–directly or indirectly–women’s access to education and employment, resulting in occupational segregation of the labour market. All this further intensifies gender inequality. We observed a higher probability of exhibiting stereotypes among men and women paired with other women, despite a statistically insignificant gender gap in actual mechanical performances.

Chair: Dr K S Hari, Associate Dean, Research