A Longitudinal Analysis of Within-Education-Group Earnings Inequality
AbstractUsing a large Swedish longitudinal database for the period 1982–2005, I estimate and compare within-group inequality in persistent and transitory earnings among men with high-school and college degrees. Analyses of inequality over the life cycle reveal that experience-variance profiles of persistent earnings are very similar across the two education groups and also consistent with standard human capital models of on-the-job training. Transitory earnings shocks display a marked U-shaped variance pattern over the life-cycle for both groups, but are clearly larger for high-school graduates and also account for a larger proportion of their overall variance. Analyses of changes in within-group inequality over time, holding life-cycle effects constant, show that high-school and college graduates have been subject to similar trend growths in both persistent and transitory earnings differentials between 1982 and 2005.
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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 05 Dec 2008
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Permanent inequality; Earnings instability; Life-cycle earnings; Schooling;
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- C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Longitudinal Data; Spatial Time Series
- D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
- J39 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Other
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