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Bounding Estimates of Wage Discrimination

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  • J.G. Hirschberg
  • D.J. Slottje

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The Blinder Oaxaca decomposition method for defining wage differentials (generally referred to as discrimination) from the wage equations of two groups has had a wide degree of application. However, the decomposition measures can vary dramatically depending on the definition of the non-discriminatory wage chosen for comparison. This paper uses a form of extreme bounds analysis to define the limits on the measure of discrimination that can be obtained from these decompositions. A simple application is presented to demonstrate the use of the bootstrap to define the distributions of the discrimination measure.

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  • J.G. Hirschberg & D.J. Slottje, 2003. "Bounding Estimates of Wage Discrimination," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 879, The University of Melbourne.
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    Keywords

    Extreme Bounds Analysis; Discrimination; Bootstrap;
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    JEL classification:

    • J7 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination
    • C2 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables

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