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Changes in Male Work Behavior and Wages

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February 1997 This paper documents the changes from 1975 to 1994 in four dimensions of male work behavior: weekly hours, annual weeks, annual hours, and the employment-population ratio. While employment-population ratios have fallen, hours have risen for high wage workers and have fallen for low wage workers. Special effort is directed to the measuring the relationship between wages and work and we document a robust positive wage-work relationship. White and Black men reveal similar wage-elasticities of hours and weeks, but Black employment is two-thirds more responsive to wages than White employment.

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  • John Pencavel, 1997. "Changes in Male Work Behavior and Wages," Working Papers 97046, Stanford University, Department of Economics.
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    1. Paul J. Devereux, 2004. "Changes in Relative Wages and Family Labor Supply," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 39(3).
    2. Kelly Noonan & Nancy E. Reichman & Hope Corman, 2005. "New Fathers' Labor Supply: Does Child Health Matter?," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 86(s1), pages 1399-1417.
    3. John Pencavel, 1997. "Market Work and Wages of Women: 1975-94," Working Papers 98003, Stanford University, Department of Economics.
    4. Paul J. Devereux, 2003. "Changes in Male Labor Supply and Wages," ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 56(3), pages 409-428, April.
    5. Francine D. Blau, 1998. "Trends in the Well-Being of American Women, 1970-1995," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 36(1), pages 112-165, March.

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