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Wage distribution in Japan, 1989-2003

  • Ryo Kambayashi
  • Daiji Kawaguchi
  • Izumi Yokoyama

(19892003). We perform several decomposition analyses of changes in the distribution of the hourly wage. We observe that lower returns to education and years of tenure contribute to a diminishing income disparity between groups for both sexes. A larger variance within a group contributes to the wage disparity for males, while an increased heterogeneity of workers' attributes contributes to the wage disparity for females. The Dinardo, Fortin, and Lemieux decomposition confirms the basic findings with a parametric variance decomposition.

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Volume (Year): 41 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 1329-1350

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:41:y:2008:i:4:p:1329-1350
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