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Income Losses of Women and Men Injured at Work

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  • Leslie I. Boden
  • Monica Galizzi
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    Women and men injured at work in Wisconsin during 1989 and 1990 have similar levels of lost earnings in the quarter of injury. However, in the three and one-half years after the post-injury quarter, women lose an average of 9.2 percent of earnings, while men lose only 6.5 percent. Even after accounting for covariates with a variant of the Oaxaca-Blinder- Neumark decomposition, the disparity in long-term losses remains. Differences in injury-related nonemployment account for about half the covariate-adjusted gap over the four-year post-injury period. Changes in hours worked may explain all or part of the remaining gap. Gender differences in labor supply appear likely to account for much of the disparity in losses, but discrimination remains a viable explanation.

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

    Volume (Year): 38 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:38:y:2003:i:3:p722-757

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    1. Galizzi, Monica & Zagorsky, Jay L., 2009. "How do on-the-job injuries and illnesses impact wealth?," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(1), pages 26-36, January.
    2. Todd E. Elder & John H. Goddeeris & Steven J. Haider, 2009. "Unexplained Gaps and Oaxaca-Blinder Decompositions," CEPR Discussion Papers 600, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
    3. K A Bender & C Green & J S Heywood, 2010. "Piece Rates and Workplace Injury: Does Survey Evidence Support Adam Smith?," Working Papers 609288, Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department.
    4. Foster, Gigi & Frijters, Paul & Johnston, David W., 2012. "The triumph of hope over disappointment: A note on the utility value of good health expectations," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 206-214.
    5. Woock, Christopher, 2009. "Do unions protect injured workers from earnings losses?," MPRA Paper 16856, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Nan Maxwell & Albert Liu & Nathan Wozny & Caroline Massad Francis, 2013. "Addressing Return-to-Work Issues in the Federal Employees' Compensation Act with Administrative Data," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7900, Mathematica Policy Research.
    7. Bronchetti, Erin Todd, 2012. "Workers' compensation and consumption smoothing," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 96(5), pages 495-508.
    8. Schurer, Stefanie & Kuehnle, Daniel & Scott, Anthony & Cheng, Terence Chai, 2012. "One Man's Blessing, Another Woman's Curse? Family Factors and the Gender-Earnings Gap of Doctors," IZA Discussion Papers 7017, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    9. Woock, Christopher, 2007. "The earnings losses of injured men: Accounting for injuries outside the Workers' Compensation system," MPRA Paper 14688, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    10. Russo, Giovanni & Hassink, Wolter, 2005. "The Part-Time Wage Penalty: A Career Perspective," IZA Discussion Papers 1468, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    11. Giovanni Russo & Wolter Hassink, 2005. "The Part-Time Wage Penalty: a Career Perspective," Working Papers 05-01, Utrecht School of Economics.

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