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Selection, investment, and women's relative wages over time

Mulligan, Casey B. and Rubinstein, Yona (2008) Selection, investment, and women's relative wages over time. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 123 (3). pp. 1061-1110. ISSN 0033-5533

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Abstract

In theory, growing wage inequality within gender should cause women to invest more in their market productivity and should differentially pull able women into the workforce. Our paper uses Heckman's two-step estimator and identification at infinity on repeated Current Population Survey cross sections to calculate relative wage series for women since 1970 that hold constant the composition of skills. We find that selection into the female full-time full-year workforce shifted from negative in the 1970s to positive in the 1990s, and that the majority of the apparent narrowing of the gender wage gap reflects changes in female workforce composition. We find the same types of composition changes by measuring husbands' wages and National Longitudinal Survey IQ data as proxies for unobserved skills. Our findings help to explain why growing wage equality between genders coincided with growing inequality within gender.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://qje.oxfordjournals.org
Additional Information: © 2008 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J31 - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials by Skill, Training, Occupation, etc.
Sets: Departments > Management
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2012 08:06
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/44512/

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