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  • Javier Gardeazabal

    (The University of the Basque Country)

  • Arantza Ugidos

    (The University of the Basque Country)

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Wage decompositions are often used to decompose wage differentials of two demographic groups into differences in characteristics and differences in returns to those characteristics. The latter part is used as an estimate of the degree of discrimination. A problem with this approach is that the contributions of individual dummy variables to the wage decomposition are not identified. This note proposes a simple solution to the identification problem. The solution is illustrated with an empirical application to Spanish labor market data. © 2004 President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 86 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 1034-1036

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:86:y:2004:i:4:p:1034-1036

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