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ERIC Number: ED138513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Estimates of the Determinants of Men's and Women's Economic Success.
Abrams, Doris L.; And Others
The effects of family background, academic ability, and educational attainment on men's and women's economic success are estimated. Data were obtained from a new sampling of men and women originally surveyed by Project Talent in 1960. After eliminating some members of the basic sample, the authors obtained a complete data sample of 772 men and 398 women. Questionnaires were used to survey the participants. Results suggest that men do not differ much from women in the attainment of occupational status, with the exception of men yielding greater returns to academic ability. The occupational status of these 28-year-old men and women is largely dependent on their educational attainment. In contrast, women in this sample earn significantly less than equally qualified men. Women receive somewhat greater economic returns from ability, education, and occupational status than do men; however, men benefit more than do women from increasing work experience. A substantial portion of the earnings differential appears to be due to a premium associated with being male. Limitations of the study include underrepresentation of poorly educated persons and individuals with very low academic ability, and the relatively young age of all participants. Four tables provide comparative statistical data for men and women. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 3-8, 1977)