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Sample Selection and Male-Female Earnings Differentials in the Graduate Labour Market

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  • Dolton, P J
  • Makepeace, G H

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The standard approach to mea suring earnings differentials is extended to include a female participation deci sion, and the effectsof sample selection are analyzed. A substantial proportion of the earnings differential between men and women in the U.K. graduate labor m arket can be attributed to residual factors rather than attributes and character istics. Womens' earnings could be as much as18 percent higher if these factors were removed. A statistically significant sample selection effect is present, bu t its quantitativeimpact on the measures of the residual differential is variab le. Thedata are sufficiently comprehensive to justify wider academic interest. Copyright 1986 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Dolton, P J & Makepeace, G H, 1986. "Sample Selection and Male-Female Earnings Differentials in the Graduate Labour Market," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 38(2), pages 317-341, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:38:y:1986:i:2:p:317-41
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