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Even Education and Experience has its Limits: Closing the Wage Gap


  • Gil S. Epstein

    () (Bar-Ilan University)

  • Dalit Gafni

    () (The College of Management, Israel)

  • Erez Siniver

    () (The College of Management, Israel)


Economic outcomes are compared for university graduates in Israel belonging to four different ethnic groups. A unique dataset is used that includes all individuals who graduated with a first degree from universities and colleges in Israel between the years 1995 and 2008 and which tracks them for up to 10 years from the year they graduated. The main finding is that education and experience appear to have a strong effect on earnings in the long run and that an ethnic group can improve its position relative to specific groups while it has no effects relative to other groups.

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  • Gil S. Epstein & Dalit Gafni & Erez Siniver, 2015. "Even Education and Experience has its Limits: Closing the Wage Gap," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1501, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  • Handle: RePEc:crm:wpaper:1501

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    wage differences; immigrants; discrimination;

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    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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