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The Effect of Disaggregation on Measures of Wage Discrimination in Academia

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  • Richard D. Raymond

    (Kent State University)

  • Michael L. Sesnowitz

    (Kent State University)

  • Donald R. Williams

    (Kent State University)

Abstract

Statistical tests for the presence of sex, race, or ethnic based wage discrimination within a large organization can obscure discrimination within individual sectors of that organization, especially if the sectors have relatively few members of the minority group. As a result, if a large organization has units that operate at least semiautonomously, testing for discrimination in the organization as a whole may be neither appropriate nor sufficient. Yet this is what is generally done. A case study of a university is used to illustrate the potential sensitivity of measures of wage discrimination to the level of aggregation chosen for study.

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Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 16 (1990)
Issue (Month): 1 (Jan-Mar)
Pages: 33-39

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Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:16:y:1990:i:1:p:33-39

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