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Esha Chatterjee

Department of Sociology
Ph.D. (Sociology), Stanford University.
M.A. (Sociology), Stanford University.
B.A. (Sociology), Presidency College, Kolkata.
Graduation Year
Esha Chatterjee
Dissertation Title
College majors and Inequality in the Labor Market
Research Manager, YouGov.

I am a Ph.D. candidate in sociology specializing in the study of social inequality in the US. My dissertation research looks at how college majors influence gender segregation and income inequality in occupations. I am trying to understand how women with similar education get different jobs than men; is it just discrimination or are there other underlying factors such as, college majors? Does the sorting mechanism appear long before men and women enter the labor market? These questions are primary motivating factors in my research.  The project is a mixed methods project, using data from ACS as well as designing a survey experiment to study the causal questions of whether college major choice causes occupational sex segregation. My dissertation explores the causal relationship between college majors and occupational sex segregation through conjoint experiment; this project uses conjoint analysis to understand how male majors and female majors translate into sex segregation in occupations in the labor market. This project was fielded on Prolific and funded by the SRO grant by the Department of Sociology, Stanford University. 

Apart from this I have a paper under review that studies income inequality within occupations, and another paper published at Social Problems that studies racism and prejudice using latent class analysis of GSS data. 

My dissertation advisor is Prof. David Grusky. 


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Research Interests

Field of Interest
Inequality in the labor market