About me

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I am a senior lecturer in the department of sociology and anthropology at the University of Haifa. The main question driving my work is how institutions affect labor market behavior. My work focuses on both the regulative and constitutive roles of social institutions. Institutions shape the structure of incentives guiding the decisions of labor market actors through regulative rules, either inhibiting or facilitating specific behaviors. However, institutions also shape the categorization and typification of actors, their preferences, and their perception of other actors through constitutive rules. While stratification literature regularly focuses on the regulative dimension of labor market institutions it pays limited attention to the constitutive dimension. Hence, in order to compliment the insights from the literature on social stratification, I draw on research focusing on the sociology of work, life-course research, economic sociology, demography, and social psychology. I am especially interested in the role that social policy plays in shaping ethnic, gender and class inequality in the labor market. Current research interests include factors affecting the likelihood of poverty among workers and contextual variation in patterns of occupational sex segregation and in the magnitude of motherhood wage penalty.