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Components of city-size wage differentials, 1973-1988

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  • Patricia E. Beeson
  • Erica L. Groshen

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An exploration of why workers in large cities are more highly paid than their rural counterparts. The authors decompose city-size wage differentials into the portion due to worker traits and the portion due to intercity differences in wage structures and find that differences in worker-attribute prices account for most of the disparity.

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Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in its journal Economic Review.

Volume (Year): (1991)
Issue (Month): Q IV ()
Pages: 10-24

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcer:y:1991:i:qiv:p:10-24:n:v.27no.4

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Keywords: Wages ; Cities and towns;

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  1. Segal, David, 1976. "Are There Returns to Scale in City Size?," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 58(3), pages 339-50, August.
  2. Farber, Stephen C & Newman, Robert J, 1987. "Accounting for South/Non-South Real Wage Differentials and for Changes in Those Differentials over Time," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 69(2), pages 215-23, May.
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  8. Randall W. Eberts, 1989. "Accounting for the recent divergence in regional wage differentials," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, issue Q III, pages 14-26.
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  11. Oaxaca, Ronald, 1973. "Male-Female Wage Differentials in Urban Labor Markets," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 14(3), pages 693-709, October.
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