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|Title:||Wage discrimination over the business cycle |
|Authors:||Biddle, Jeff E.|
Hamermesh, Daniel S.
|Issue Date:||2012 |
|Series/Report no.:||Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6445|
|Abstract:||Using CPS data from 1979-2009 we examine how cyclical downturns and industry-specific demand shocks affect wage differentials between white non-Hispanic men and women, Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites, and African-Americans and non-Hispanic whites. Women's relative earnings are harmed by negative shocks; the wage disadvantage of African-Americans drops with negative shocks, which have slight negative effects on Hispanics' relative wages. Negative shocks also increase the earnings disadvantage of bad-looking workers. A theory of job search suggests two opposite-signed mechanisms that affect these wage differentials. It suggests greater absolute effects among job-movers, which is verified using the longitudinal component of the CPS.|
|Persistent Identifier of the first edition:||urn:nbn:de:101:1-201207127067|
|Document Type:||Working Paper|
|Appears in Collections:||IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)|
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