Youngjoo Cha

My research and teaching interests are in gender, labor markets, social inequality, employment discrimination, and quantitative methods. The primary goal of my research is to identify the sources of gender inequalities in labor market processes, institutional contexts, and the interplay between labor market and family dynamics. My current project investigates how new ways of organizing work reinforce gender earnings inequality. Related research projects examine the institutional bases of rising income inequality, and organizational and legal processes that improve workplace equality. All projects use large-scale data, including data from the U.S. as well as the best available comparative data, and in all cases I use quantitative methods to tease out causal relationships wherever possible.


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Cha, Youngjoo. Forthcoming. “Job Mobility and the Great Recession: Wage Consequences by Gender and Parenthood.” Sociological Science. <supplementary appendix>

Cha, Youngjoo and Kim Weeden. Forthcoming (2014). “Overwork and the Slow Convergence in the Gender Gap in Wages.” American Sociological Review. <supplementary appendix>

Cha, Youngjoo. 2013. “Overwork and the Persistence of Gender Segregation in Occupations. Gender & Society 27(2):158-184. <supplementary appendix>

Cha, Youngjoo, and Stephen L. Morgan. 2010. “Structural Earnings Losses and Between-Industry Mobility of Displaced Workers, 2003-2008.Social Science Research 39(6): 1137-1152.
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Cha, Youngjoo. 2010. “Reinforcing Separate Spheres: The Effect of Spousal Overwork on the Employment of Men and Women in Dual-Earner Households.American Sociological Review 75(2):303-329.

Cha, Youngjoo, and Sarah E. Thébaud (equal authorship). 2009. “Labor Markets, Breadwinning, and Beliefs: How Economic Context Shapes Men’s Gender Ideology.Gender & Society 23(2):215-243.

Hirsh, C. Elizabeth, and Youngjoo Cha. 2008. “Understanding Employment Discrimination: A Multilevel Approach.Sociology Compass 2(6):1989-2007.

Morgan, Stephen L., and Youngjoo Cha. 2007. “Rent and the Evolution of Inequality in Late Industrial United States.American Behavioral Scientist 50(5):677-701.

Working Papers

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Cha, Youngjoo. “Overwork, Underwork, and the Health of Men and Women in the United States.”

Cha, Youngjoo and Rebecca Grady. “Are Some Occupations More Family-Friendly than Others? The Effects of Occupational Contexts on Taking Leave and Flexible Work Policies.”

Hirsh, C. Elizabeth, and Youngjoo Cha. “For Law and Markets? Discrimination Lawsuits, Market Performance, and Managerial Diversity.”

Hirsh, C. Elizabeth, and Youngjoo Cha. “In the Red: The Impact of Discrimination Litigation on Defendants’ Stock Prices.”


Sociology 101: Social Problems and Policies: Inequality, Work, and Economy
Sociology 338: Gender and Society
Sociology 660: Advanced Topic: Sociology of Gender





Ph. D. 2010
Cornell University

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Indiana University
1020 E Kirkwood Ave
774 Ballantine Hall
Bloomington, IN 47405


Last updated 2/28/2014