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Statistical Discrimination and the Early Career Evolution of the Black-White Wage Gap

  • Oettinger, Gerald S

This article develops and tests a simple dynamic model of statistical discrimination. The model improves on earlier static models both by allowing ex ante uncertainty about worker productivity to be resolved as on-the-job performance is observed and by generating several testable empirical implications. These predictions are tested using a sample of young men from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, producing mixed evidence for the model. The main empirical result is that no black-white wage gap exists at labor-force entry but that one develops as experience accumulates, mainly because blacks reap smaller gains from job mobility. Copyright 1996 by University of Chicago Press.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Labor Economics.

Volume (Year): 14 (1996)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 52-78

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Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:14:y:1996:i:1:p:52-78
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