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Publications by Topic

Affirmative Action

Alon, Sigal. 2015. Race, Class and Affirmative Action. The Russell Sage Foundation. New York, New York.


Alon, Sigal and Ofer Malamud. 2014. “The Impact of Israel’s Class-based Affirmative Action Policy on Admission and Academic Outcomes.” Economics of Education Review 40: 123–139.(PDF File)


Alon, Sigal. 2011. “The Diversity Dividends of a Need-blind and Color-blind Affirmative Action Policy” Social Science Research, 40(6):1494-1505. (PDF File)


Tienda, Marta, Sigal Alon, and Sunny X. Niu. 2010. "Affirmative Action and the Texas Top 10% Percent Admission Law: Balancing Equity and Access to Higher Education" Sociétés Contemporaines. 79:19-39. (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal and Marta Tienda. 2005. “Assessing the “Mismatch” Hypothesis: Differentials in College Graduation Rates by Institutional Selectivity.” Sociology of Education, 78(4): 294-315. (PDF File)


Choice and Decision-Making

Alon, Sigal, and Thomas A. DiPrete. 2015. “Gender Differences in the Formation of a Field Study Choice Set.” Sociological Science 2: 50-81. (PDF File)

Financial Aid

Alon, Sigal. 2011. “Who Benefits Most from Financial Aid? The Heterogeneous Effect of Need-Based Grants on Students’ College Persistence.” Social Science Quarterly, 92(3): 807-829. (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal. 2007. “The Influence of Financial Aid in Leveling Group Differences in Graduating from Elite Institutions.” Economics of Education Review, 26(3):296-311. (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal. 2005. “Model Mis-Specification in Assessing the Impact of Financial Aid on Academic Outcomes.”  Research in Higher Education, 46(1):109-125. (PDF File)

Higher Education - Inequality

Gelbgiser, Dafna and Sigal Alon. 2021 “Inequalities in Higher Education in Israel and the U.S.” The SAGE Handbook on the Sociology of Education.


Gelbgiser, Dafna and Sigal Alon. 2016. “Math-Oriented Fields of Study and the Race Gap in College Graduation Likelihoods at Four-Year Elite Colleges.” Social Science Research, 58:150-164. (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal. 2015. “Field of Study Variation throughout the College Pipeline and its Effect on the Earnings Gap: Differences between Ethnic and Immigrant Groups in Israel.” Social Science Research 52 465–478 (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal. 2014. “Continuing to Build a Theory of Inequality in Higher Education: Claims, Evidence and Future Directions: Reply to Tam and Jiang.” American Sociological Review 79(4): 817-824 (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal and Dafna Gelbgiser. 2011. “The Female Advantage in College Academic Achievements and Horizontal Sex Segregation." Social Science Research, 40(1):107–119. (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal. 2010. “Racial Differences in Test Preparation Strategies.”  Social Forces, 89(2): 463–474. (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal, Thurston Domina and Marta Tienda. 2010. “Stymied Mobility or Temporary Lull? Intergenerational Discontinuities in Hispanic College Destinations.” Social Forces, 88(4):1807-1832. (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal. 2009. “The Evolution of Class Inequality in Higher Education: Competition, Exclusion and Adaptation.” American Sociological Review. 74(3):731–755. (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal. 2007. “The Effect of Overlapping Disadvantages on the Racial/Ethnic Graduation Gap among Students Attending Selective Institutions.” Social Science Research, 36(4) 1475–1499. (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal and Marta Tienda. 2007. “Diversity, Opportunity and the Shifting Meritocracy in Higher Education.” American Sociological Review, 72(4):487-511. (PDF File)



Alon, Sigal. 2023. The Measurement of Precarious Work and Market Conditions: Insights from the COVID-19 Disruption on Sample Selection. Work and Occupations, 50(1), 22–59.

Featured in Work in Progress: Sociology on the economy, work, and inequality.


Lifshitz, Gal and Sigal Alon. 2021.  Higher Education as a Safety Net during COVID-19. Israeli Sociology 21(2)136-142  (in Hebrew).


Alon, Sigal and Yitchak Haberfeld. 2007. “Labor Force Attachment and the Evolving Wage Gap between White, Black and Hispanic Young Women.” Work and Occupations, 34 (4) 369-398. (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal and Marta Tienda. 2005. “Job Mobility and Early Career Wage Growth of White, Black, and Hispanic Women.” Social Science Quarterly, Special Issue 86(4): 1196-1217. (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal. 2004. “The Gender Stratification of Employment Hardship: Queuing, Opportunity Structure and Economic Cycles.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 20:115-143.


Alon, Sigal, Debra Donahoe and Marta Tienda. 2001. “The Effects of Early Work Experience on Young Women’s Labor Force Attachment.” Social Forces 79(3): 1005-1035. (PDF File)


Alon, Sigal and Stier Haya. 1997. “Job Search, Gender, and the Quality of Employment in Israel.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 15: 133-149.


Shenhav, Yehouda, Wesley Shrum and Sigal Alon. 1994. “Goodness Concepts in the Study of Organizations: A Longitudinal Survey of Four Leading Journals.” Organization Studies, 15: 753-776.

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