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The Usefulness of Predicted Values for Prior Work Experience in Analyzing Labor Market Outcomes for Women

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  • Randall K. Filer

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This paper proposes an improved way of treating experience in estimating wage equations for women when measures of actual experience are lacking. It shows that using a predicted value for experience from occupation-specific equations estimated on another data set containing actual experience is preferable to using either potential experience (time since school leaving) or predicted experience without taking account of the woman's occupation. Results also show that the use of potential experience may bias the estimated impact of factors such as race and schooling on women's wages.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 28 (1993)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 519-537

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:28:y:1993:i:3:p:519-537

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  1. Bacolod, Marigee & Joseph Hotz, V., 2006. "Cohort changes in the transition from school to work: Evidence from three NLS surveys," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 25(4), pages 351-373, August.
  2. Munasinghe, Lalith & Reif, Tania & Henriques, Alice, 2008. "Gender gap in wage returns to job tenure and experience," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 15(6), pages 1296-1316, December.
  3. Susan Averett & Sanders Korenman, 1993. "The Economic Reality of the Beauty Myth," NBER Working Papers 4521, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Averett, Susan L. & Burton, Mark L., 1996. "College attendance and the college wage premium: Differences by gender," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 15(1), pages 37-49, February.
  5. J.G. Hirschberg & D.J. Slottje, 2003. "Bounding Estimates of Wage Discrimination," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 879, The University of Melbourne.
  6. Susan Averett & Sharon Dalessandro, 2001. "Racial and Gender Differences in the Returns to 2-Year and 4-Year Degrees," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(3), pages 281-292.
  7. Christine Siegwarth Meyer & Swati Mukerjee, 2007. "Investigating Dual Labor Market Theory For Women," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 33(3), pages 301-316, Summer.
  8. Meng, Xin, 2004. "Gender earnings gap: the role of firm specific effects," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 11(5), pages 555-573, October.
  9. Marigee Bacolod & V. Joseph Hotz, 2005. "Cohort Changes in the Transition from School to Work: What Changed and What Consequences Did it have for Wages?," Working Papers 050618, University of California-Irvine, Department of Economics.
  10. Stephen L. Ross, 2003. "What Is Known about Testing for Discrimination: Lessons Learned by Comparing across Different Markets," Working papers 2003-21, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, revised Nov 2003.

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