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ERIC Number: EJ874089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 46
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Two Sides of the Same Coin: U. S. "Residual" Inequality and the Gender Gap
Bacolod, Marigee P.; Blum, Bernardo S.
Journal of Human Resources, v45 n1 p197-242 Win 2010
We show that the narrowing gender gap and the growth in earnings inequality are consistent with a simple model in which skills are heterogeneous, and the growth in skill prices has been particularly strong for skills with which women are well endowed. Empirical analysis of DOT, CPS, and NLSY79 data finds evidence to support this model. A large increase in the prices of cognitive and people skills--skills with which women are well endowed--and a decline in the price of motor skills account for up to 40 percent of the rising inequality and 20 percent of the narrowing gender gap. (Contains 12 footnotes, 11 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth