Changes in the distribution of male and female wages accounting for employment composition using bounds

Richard Blundell, Amanda Gosling, Hidehiko Ichimura, Costas Meghir

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Abstract

This paper examines changes in the distribution of wages using bounds to allow for the impact of nonrandom selection into work. We show that worst case bounds can be informative. However, because employment rates in the United Kingdom are often low, they are not informative about changes in educational or gender wage differentials. Thus we explore ways to tighten these bounds using restrictions motivated from economic theory. With these assumptions, we find convincing evidence of an increase in inequality within education groups, changes in educational differentials, and increases in the relative wages of women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-363
Number of pages41
JournalEconometrica
Volume75
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bounds
  • Earnings
  • Inequality
  • Selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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