Kvinders manglende deltagelse på Slædepatruljen Sirius

Michelle Toudal & Signe Bruhn Poulsen

Student thesis: Master thesis


Based on an initiating curiosity stemming from our interest in labour law and personnel economics, this thesis first of all sets out to investigate whether gender discrimination occurs in relation to recruitment to Sirius Sledge Patrol, which is a special force in the Danish Defence. It will be shown that discrimination depends on whether the Danish Defence sets out job requirements that match the characteristics of the exact job. In context of using the Danish term “SIRIUS-mand” in their recruitment material, the Danish Defence is directly discriminating women. Furthermore this thesis analyses whether the Danish Defence meets the requirements of gender mainstreaming in the recruitment process and during the employees deployment in Greenland. The thesis furthermore seeks to explain the lack of female participation on the Sirius Sledge Patrol and how their participation will affect the work place. This is explained from the perspective of different labour market theories, which involves the Human Capital theory, discrimination theories and the insider-outsider theory. These theories are supplemented by other recruitment theories, statistics, and empirical data to make the analysis complete. Additionally empirical data shows that the recruitment of women to male dominated work places will improve the working environment. Based on the legal and economic analysis, the integrated part of the thesis investigates the discrepancies between the two analyses. In this section, an efficiency analysis defines when female participation is efficient. The conclusion is that female participation is efficient when the total utility from a society perspective is higher with their participation than without. In hence of Kaldor-Hicks efficiency the winners should be able to compensate the losers so that no one ends up worse than before. If it is impossible to make any person better off without making at least one person worse off the situation is Pareto-efficient.

EducationsMSc in Commercial Law, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2014
Number of pages123