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A Reexamination of the Federal-Private Wage Differential in the United States

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The federal-private wage differential is reexamined with recent data. Using specifications similar to those used in three previous studies, the author finds that the federal-private wage differential has narrowed since the 1974-79 period analyzed in those studies. In addition, he discovers that wage differentials based on specifications used in the literature are biased upward because the previous studies did not control for detailed occupational and locational characteristics of workers. Corrected point estimates of the wage gap are much smaller than previous estimates in the literature. Differences in the gap across demographic groups, occupations, and locations are also discussed. Copyright 1990 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Moulton, Brent R, 1990. "A Reexamination of the Federal-Private Wage Differential in the United States," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 8(2), pages 270-293, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:8:y:1990:i:2:p:270-93
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