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Wage Inequality of US Truck Drivers

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  • Kristen Monaco
  • Steffen Habermalz

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Using CPS data for the period 1979-2009, the wage dispersion of truck drivers (and subsets of the truck driving sample) is compared to the trends in wage dispersion of males economy-wide. We find that truckers' wages experienced a decrease in inequality post-deregulation, as expected given the literature on regulation's impact on the labor market. We also find that the wage dispersion for truckers is markedly different from males economy-wide, providing evidence that the wage distribution of truck drivers has been dominated by the changing structure of the occupation post-deregulation and largely immune to the factors that increased inequality for the aggregate labor market.
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  • Kristen Monaco & Steffen Habermalz, 2011. "Wage Inequality of US Truck Drivers," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 25(2), pages 268-285, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:labour:v:25:y:2011:i:2:p:268-285
    DOI: j.1467-9914.2011.00518.x
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    1. Enrico Moretti, 2013. "Real Wage Inequality," American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Association, vol. 5(1), pages 65-103, January.
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    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • L92 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Railroads and Other Surface Transportation

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