Categorical Distinctions and Claims-Making: Opportunity, Agency, and Returns from Wage Negotiations

Sauer C, Valet P, Shams S, Tomaskovic-Devey D (2021)
American Sociological Review 86(5): 934-959.

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Sauer, CarstenUniBi ; Valet, Peter; Shams, Safi; Tomaskovic-Devey, Donald
Abstract / Bemerkung
In this article, we examine wage negotiations as a specific instance of claims-making, predicting that the capacity to make a claim is first a function of the position, rather than the person, and that lower-status actors-women, migrants, fixed-term, part-time, and unskilled workers-are all more likely to be in positions where negotiation is not possible. At the same time, subordinate-status actors may be less likely to make claims even where negotiation is possible, and when they do make wage claims they may receive lower or no returns to negotiation. Analyses of wage negotiations by more than 2,400 German employees largely confirm these theoretical expectations, although the patterns of opportunity, agency, and economic returns vary by categorical status. All low-status actors are more likely to be in jobs where negotiation is not possible. Women, people in lower-class jobs, and people with temporary contracts are less likely to negotiate even when given the opportunity. Regarding returns, agency in wage claims does not seem to improve the wages of women, migrants, or working-class individuals. The advice to "lean-in" will not substantially lower wage inequalities for everyone, although men who lean in do benefit relative to men who do not.
Stichworte
claims-making; relational inequalities; categorical distinctions
Erscheinungsjahr
2021
Zeitschriftentitel
American Sociological Review
Band
86
Ausgabe
5
Seite(n)
934-959
ISSN
0003-1224
eISSN
1939-8271
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2957742

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Sauer C, Valet P, Shams S, Tomaskovic-Devey D. Categorical Distinctions and Claims-Making: Opportunity, Agency, and Returns from Wage Negotiations. American Sociological Review. 2021;86(5):934-959.
Sauer, C., Valet, P., Shams, S., & Tomaskovic-Devey, D. (2021). Categorical Distinctions and Claims-Making: Opportunity, Agency, and Returns from Wage Negotiations. American Sociological Review, 86(5), 934-959. https://doi.org/10.1177/00031224211038507
Sauer, C., Valet, P., Shams, S., and Tomaskovic-Devey, D. (2021). Categorical Distinctions and Claims-Making: Opportunity, Agency, and Returns from Wage Negotiations. American Sociological Review 86, 934-959.
Sauer, C., et al., 2021. Categorical Distinctions and Claims-Making: Opportunity, Agency, and Returns from Wage Negotiations. American Sociological Review, 86(5), p 934-959.
C. Sauer, et al., “Categorical Distinctions and Claims-Making: Opportunity, Agency, and Returns from Wage Negotiations”, American Sociological Review, vol. 86, 2021, pp. 934-959.
Sauer, C., Valet, P., Shams, S., Tomaskovic-Devey, D.: Categorical Distinctions and Claims-Making: Opportunity, Agency, and Returns from Wage Negotiations. American Sociological Review. 86, 934-959 (2021).
Sauer, Carsten, Valet, Peter, Shams, Safi, and Tomaskovic-Devey, Donald. “Categorical Distinctions and Claims-Making: Opportunity, Agency, and Returns from Wage Negotiations”. American Sociological Review 86.5 (2021): 934-959.

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