Modeling and analysis of glass ceiling and power inequality in bi-populated societies

Chen Avin, Zvi Lotker, Yinon Nahum, David Peleg

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This paper attempts to rigorously analyze the social effects of power inequality and glass ceiling in a society with two populations (e.g. men and women). To this end, we define a mathematical model based on a social network with two populations, in which these phenomena are studied. We define measures for Normalized (or Differential) Power Inequality and Full-Spectrum Glass Ceiling, and formalize the conditions for their existence in terms of three societal parameters, the relative size of the two populations, the level of homophily, and the extent of the “leaky pipeline” phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
ISSN (Print)2213-8684
ISSN (Electronic)2213-8692


  • Glass ceiling
  • Model
  • Networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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