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Inter-industry Wage Differences and Individual Heterogeneity

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  • Alan Carruth
  • William Collier
  • Andy Dickerson

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Two well-established findings are apparent in the analyses of individual wage determination: cross-section wage equations can account for less than half of the variance in earnings and there are large and persistent inter-industry wage differentials. We explore these two empirical regularities using longitudinal data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). We show that around 90% of the variation in earnings can be explained by observed and " unobserved" individual characteristics. However, small - but statistically significant - industry wage premia do remain, and there is also a role for a rich set of job and workplace controls. Copyright 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Alan Carruth & William Collier & Andy Dickerson, 2004. "Inter-industry Wage Differences and Individual Heterogeneity," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 66(5), pages 811-846, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:66:y:2004:i:5:p:811-846
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