Rank Regressions, Wage Distributions, and the Gender Gap
AbstractIn this paper, we propose a novel rank-based procedure to decompose changes in the gender wage gap into three components: changes in the skill distribution, changes in the wage structure, and improvements in the position of women in a "distribution of reference." Using CPS data from 1979 and 1991, we perform the decomposition at each percentile of the wage distribution and show that the results are sensitive to the choice of distribution of reference (male versus overall wage distribution). We also find that relative wage gains of women may have been a source of increasing wage inequality among men.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.
Volume (Year): 33 (1998)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
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- Fortin, N.M. & Lemieux, T., 1996. "Rank Regressions, Wage Distributions and the Gender Gap," Cahiers de recherche 9607, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
- Fortin, N.M. & Lemieux, T., 1996. "Rank Regressions, Wage Distributions and the Gender Gap," Cahiers de recherche 9607, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
- J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General
- J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
- J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
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