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Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and alumnus Avent-Holt honored by American Sociology Association

Tomaskovic-Devey and Avent-Holt honored by ASA

The American Sociology Association (ASA) recently honored Professor Donald Tomaskovic-Devey with an honorable mention for the 2017 W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship for an article he co-authored in the American Journal of Sociology’s January 2015 issue. The Scott Award is awarded for what the ASA describes as “an outstanding contribution to scholarship on organizations, occupations, and/or work in an article published within the last three years.”

The article is titled “Where Do Immigrants Fare Worse? Modeling Workplace Wage Gap Variation with Longitudinal Employer-Employee Data”, looks at all employees and all workplaces in Sweden over seven years. It was co-authored along with alum Dustin Avent-Holt (PhD ‘12), of Augusta University and Martin Hallsten of Stockholm University. The researchers found that wage gaps vary widely from workplace to workplace. They also found that gaps in pay tend to decline in places where there are more immigrants and where immigrants are represented in a workplace’s management. In contrast, wage gaps grew in more unequal and task segregated workplaces.

July 18, 2017