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Changing Inequality In Markets For Workplace Amenities

  • Daniel S. Hamermesh

Among U. S. industries where earnings rose relatively from 1979-1995, injury rates declined relatively. Obversely, during the 1960s narrowing inter-industry wage differentials were associated with an increase in the relative risk of injury in high-wage industries. Evidence from the NLSY suggests similar results among full-time workers between 1988 and 1996. Between 1973 and 1991 the disamenity of evening/night work was increasingly borne by low-wage male workers. Changing earnings inequality has understated changing inequality in the returns to work. Assuming skill-neutral changes in the cost of reducing these disamenities, estimates of the implied income elasticities of demand for amenities are well above unity. © 2000 the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Volume (Year): 114 (1999)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 1085-1123

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