John Kervin

John Kervin

Professor Emeritus Sociology
Email:
john.kervin@utoronto.ca

Professor John Kervin began his research career at UTM doing experimental sociology related to interpersonal status.  He later turned to labour-management conflict and negotiations.  At present, his work is in the areas of “Work” and “Gender”, focusing on women in the workforce.

Research

Kervin’s recent research investigates the determinants of wages, particularly the wages paid for women’s work relative to its value to the employer organization.  This work examines how cultural beliefs and values influence assessments of the worth of women’s work.  It includes a comparison of cultural and social structural factors related to male backlash, particularly male resistance to women’s advancement in occupations and careers.  As well, he has examined the unexpected workplace conflict generated by “family-friendly” policies designed to help employees with child-care responsibilities,   

Professor Kervin also does related consulting, writing reports and providing evidence in pay equity cases.

More recently he has broadened his work to include occupational culture, comparing job evaluation results and wages for male and female jobs in both male-dominated and female-dominated occupations.  Currently, he is writing a book which incorporates a number of statistical techniques that he has developed to assess the worth of work, including different tests for gender bias in job evaluation systems, and methods for overcoming the problems of multicollinearity among job factors.

Publications

Selected Publications

Kervin, John. 2017. “The Roots of Bias and Backlash.” Paper presented at the Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.

Kervin, John and Mark Easton. 2016. “One Size Fits All or Made-to-Measure:  Does ‘Fitting’ an Organization Pay System Increase Inequality?” Paper presented at the Canadian Sociological Association Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

Kervin, John. 2016. “Sex and the Single Worker: Who's Cynical about Work-Life Balance?” Paper presented at the Canadian Sociological Association Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

Kervin, John. 2015. “Gender-Based Wage Discrimination and Jobs in Statistical Survey Operations.” Department of Justice, Government of Canada. 

Kervin, John. 2014. “Determining Gender Wage Gaps: Comments on the Report of Paul Durber.” Department of Justice, Government of Canada. 

Kervin, John. 2014. “Fair Compensation for Midwives.” Ministry of the Attorney General, Government of Ontario.

Kervin, John. 2014. “Rating Work.” Department of Justice, Government of Canada. 

Kervin, John. 2013. “Determining Gender Wage Gaps.” Department of Justice, Government of Canada.

Other

Specialization: 
Work and Labour Markets; Gender
Education: 
Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University)
B.A. (University of British Columbia)