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ERIC Number: EJ816645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
The Gender Wage Gap among Young Adults in the United States: The Importance of Money versus People
Fortin, Nicole M.
Journal of Human Resources, v43 n4 p884-918 Fall 2008
Using two single-cohort longitudinal surveys, the NLS72 and the NELS88, I investigate the impact of four noncognitive traits--self-esteem, external locus of control, the importance of money/work and the importance of people/family--on wages and on the gender wage gap among these young workers. I find that gender differences in these noncognitive factors, especially the importance of money/work, have a modest but significant role in accounting for the gender wage gap. Methodologically, this paper proposes a correction to the Oaxaca-Blinder-Ransom decomposition that results in a truly decomposable approach compatible with the simple pooled regression that includes a gender dummy. (Contains 7 tables and 41 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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