Rational Choice and Inequalities in the Life Course

Monday, 11 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Hörsaal 27 (Main Building)
RC45 Rational Choice (host committee)

Language: English

Inequality of opportunity in the life course is one of the most crucial subjects in modern sociology. Unequal opportunities in life course events such as educational attainment, transition to the labor market, and family formation process including marriage, childbirth, and sometimes divorce could cause irretrievable damage to one’s life especially due to their cumulative nature.
Social and institutional settings such as the educational system are of course the major sources that bring about these life course inequalities. But individual strategic decisions under these institutional constraints could also have considerable effects on the outcomes. This is why the rational choice approaches are required, including, for example, relative risk aversion (Breen and Goldthorpe, 1997) and human capital theory (e.g. Becker, 1964).
This session calls for papers to investigate a variety of life course inequalities from the viewpoint of rational choice. Theoretical as well as empirical studies with various methods such as formal models, survey analyses, fieldworks, simulations, and experiments are welcome.
Session Organizer:
Masayuki KANAI, Senshu University, Japan
Beauty and Inequality: Is It Rational to Invest in Beauty Capital in the Life Course?
Jun KOBAYASHI, Seikei University, Japan; Naho TINIMOTO, Kansai University, Japan
How Do Occupational Characteristics Contribute to the Explanation of Occupational Sex Segregation? Results from a Dynamic Fixed-Effects Panel Analysis for the German Labour Market
Sabine EBENSPERGER, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany; Andreas DAMELANG, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Late Selection, More Equality of Opportunity? an Experimental Analysis
Benita COMBET, University of Bern, Switzerland; Joel BERGER, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Signals, Indices, and Statistical Discrimination in Hiring
Kunihiro KIMURA, Tohoku University, Japan
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