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Gender Attitudes and Occupational Aspirations in Germany: Are Young Men Prepared for the Jobs of the Future?

Jenny Chesters



The increasing rate of post-industrialisation in advanced economies has dramatically impacted on the availability of jobs in male-dominated occupations. Consequently, men with traditional gender attitudes may experience difficulties in finding employment that aligns with their conception of masculinity. Attitudes to gender roles develop during childhood as part of the process of socialisation; thus, family background, and in particular parental education and occupation, may influence the occupational aspirations of young people. To examine the associations between family background, a child’s attitudes to gender roles and a child’s occupational aspirations, analysis of the German National Ed..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This article reports the analysis of data from the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS): Starting Cohort Grade 9, 10.5157/NEPS:SC4:7.0.0. From 2008 to 2013, NEPS data was collected as part of the Framework Program for the Promotion of Empirical Educational Research funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). As of 2014, NEPS is carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) at the University of Bamberg in cooperation with a nationwide network. I would like to thank Ann-Christin Bachmann for sharing her file with the percentages of males in each occupation and for providing comments on an early draft of this article. An early version of this article was presented at the NEPS data users' conference at the University of Bamberg in October 2017.