PhD Candidate Mitchell McIvor, Professor Scott Schieman, and Professor Markus Schafer on Workplace Authority

Mitchell McivorScott ScheimanMarkus SchaferPhD Candidate Mitchell McIvor, Professor Scott Schieman, and Professor Markus Schafer published an article in Sociological Perspectives that examines whether job authority provides non-monetary rewards in the workplace. The authors argue that these rewards exist but are unequally distributed between men and women.

Mitchell McIvor will obtain his PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto St. George in 2018. He studies the relationship between university student debt in Canada and graduates’ transition to the labour market. Markus Schafer is an Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Toronto St. George and his research focuses on health and aging. Scott Schieman is a Professor of Sociology at University of Toronto St. George and his research focuses on the impact of work and religion on health.

We have posted the citation and the abstract of the article below. The full text is available through the University of Toronto Library Portal here.

Schieman, Scott, Schafer, Markus H. and Mitchell McIvor. 2013. “The Rewards of Authority in the Workplace: Do Gender and Age Matter?” Sociological Perspectives 56(1):75-96.

Authority in the workplace has its benefits. It is well-established that job authority generally yields higher earnings. In this study, the authors ask: Does that observation extend to other nonpecuniary rewards in the workplace? Using data from a 2011 representative sample of Canadian workers, results suggest it does—but there are some social status contingencies. In particular, the benefits of higher levels of job authority for job autonomy, challenging work, and income are stronger among men compared to women. By contrast, no age-based contingencies are observed. Collectively, observations about job authority’s bundling with other rewards elaborate on the claim that job authority is a “highly coveted workplace resource”—but the degree of these payoffs differs for men and women.

Read the full article here.