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The Feasibility and Importance of Adding Measures of Actual Experience to Cross-Sectional Data Collection

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  • Blau, Francine D.

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    (Cornell University)

  • Kahn, Lawrence M.

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    (Cornell University)

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We use Michigan Panel Study of Income Dynamics data and data from a 2008 telephone survey of adults conducted by Westat for the Princeton Data Improvement Initiative (PDII) to explore the importance and feasibility of adding retrospective questions about actual work experience to cross-sectional data sets. We demonstrate that having such actual experience data is important for analyzing women's post-school human capital accumulation, residual wage inequality, and the gender pay gap. Further, our PDII survey results show that it is feasible to collect actual experience data in cross-sectional telephone surveys like the March Current Population Survey annual supplement.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Labor Economics, 2013, 31 (2, Part 2), 17-58
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  1. Rebekka Christopoulou & Theodora Kosma, 2009. "Skills and wage inequality in Greece: evidence from matched employer-employee data, 1995-2002," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 24198, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  2. Peter McHenry & Melissa McInerney, 2012. "Are Wage Premiums for Black Women Illusory? A Critical Examination," Working Papers, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary 120, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary.

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