ARE ESTIMATES OF SEX DISCRIMINATION BY EMPLOYERS ROBUST? THE USE OF NEVER‐MARRIEDS

Price V Fishback, JOSEPH V. TERZA

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Abstract

Current decomposition estimates of sex discrimination by employers are not robust. Many “unobservables,” like motivation and attitudes toward work, are left unmeasured. We estimate sex discrimination with two plausible methods of controlling for a major unobservable, acceptance of male and female traditional roles in the household. The methods offer enormously different estimates of sex discrimination. One estimates sex discrimination at over 61 percent of the female wage, the other finds little sex discrimination and possibly favoritism toward women. The range in estimates is so large that point estimates of sex discrimination by employers are of little use to policymakers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-285
Number of pages15
JournalEconomic Inquiry
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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