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On hourly wages and weekly earnings in the current population survey

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    This paper examines hourly wages and weekly earnings in the Outgoing Rotation Group (ORG) and the March Supplement of Current Population Survey (CPS) from 1998 to 2004. The findings suggest that the ORG contains less errors than the March CPS, and that weekly earnings contain less errors than hourly wages. The paper further finds that earnings differ systematically in the ORG and in the March CPS by gender and education levels.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 105 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (October)
    Pages: 113-116

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:105:y:2009:i:1:p:113-116

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    Keywords: Measurement error Current Population Survey Weekly earnings Hourly wages Work hours per week;

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    1. Duncan, Greg J & Hill, Daniel H, 1985. "An Investigation of the Extent and Consequences of Measurement Error in Labor-Economic Survey Data," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 3(4), pages 508-32, October.
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