Pilar Ficapal-Cusí and Joan Torrent-Sellens, professors of the Faculty of Economics and Business at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, together with GenTIC director Milagros Sáinz (Internet Interdisciplinary Institute – UOC) and Angel Díaz-Chao (Department of Applied Economics at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos) have received the Emerald Literati Award for Excellence 2019 in the Outstanding Paper category for their article “Gender inequalities in job quality during the recession”.


The paper was published in Employee Relations: The International Journal in January 2018 and analyses empirically gender differences in job quality during the first years of the economic crisis in Spain. The authors used data from the Quality of Working Life Survey and applied a two-stage structural equation modelling (SEM) method on a representative sample of male and female Spanish employees in 2008 and 2010.


Findings revealed that the improvement in job quality was more favourable to men than it was to women. Furthermore, the gender differences in the explanation of job quality increased considerably in favour of men in relation to explanatory dimensions such as: intrinsic job quality; work organisation and workplace relationships; working conditions, work intensity and health and safety at work; and extrinsic rewards. Inequality in the work-life balance dimension remained stable in this period.


The full article is available Open Access here.


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