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ERIC Number: ED514943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 46
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Decomposing the Education Wage Gap: Everything but the Kitchen Sink. Working Paper 2010-12
Hotchkiss, Julie L.; Shiferaw, Menbere
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
This paper contributes to a large literature concerned with identifying the source of the widening wage gap between high school and college graduates by providing a comprehensive, multidimensional decomposition of wages across both time and educational status. Data from a multitude of sources are brought to bear on the question of the relative importance of labor market supply and demand factors in the determination of those wage differences. The results confirm the importance of investments in and use of technology, which has been the focus of most of the previous literature, but are also able to show that demand and supply factors played very different roles in the growing wage gaps of the 1980s and 1990s. Appendices include: (1) Data Sources and Variable Descriptions; and (2) Parameter Estimates. (Contains 4 tables, 5 figures and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta