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Workforce composition and earnings inequality

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  • Mark E. Schweitzer

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A presentation of a model that incorporates many factors simultaneously -- including education, experience, and industry choice -- to explain the growing disparity in Americans earnings. Its main finding is that the shifting composition of the U.S. workforce is a significant and direct determinant of the widening earnings gap.

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

Volume (Year): (1997)
Issue (Month): Q II ()
Pages: 13-24

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcer:y:1997:i:qii:p:13-24

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Keywords: Income distribution ; Labor supply ; Education;

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  1. 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.
  2. Heckman, James & Scheinkman, Jose, 1987. "The Importance of Bundling in a Gorman-Lancaster Model of Earnings," Review of Economic Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 54(2), pages 243-55, April.
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  9. Richard B. Freeman, 1991. "How Much Has De-Unionisation Contributed to the Rise in Male Earnings Inequality?," NBER Working Papers 3826, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Erica L. Groshen & Mark E. Schweitzer, 1999. "Firms' wage adjustments: a break from the past," Review, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, issue May, pages 93-111.

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