The Wage Rate Effects of Occupational Labor Market Tightness
Using the May 1981 Current Population Survey tape and occupational labor market conditions data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this study tests (1) whether excess demand for labor is directly related to hourly earnings and (2) what effect, if any, controlling for excess demand may have on the estimated gender differential. The data support a direct effect between excess demand and wage rates. With regard to gender effects, females were disproportionately found to be in occupations with more excess demand (in the disequilibrium sense). Though the measured male premium was larger when controlling for labor market conditions, the increase was neither appreciable nor statistically significant.
Volume (Year): 16 (1990)
Issue (Month): 1 (Jan-Mar)
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