Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/55115
Authors: 
Biddle, Jeff E.
Hamermesh, Daniel S.
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5945
Abstract: 
Using CPS data from 1979-2009 we examine how cyclical downturns and industry-specific demand shocks affect wage differentials between white non-Hispanic males and women, Hispanics and African-Americans. Women's and Hispanics' relative earnings are harmed by negative shocks, while the earnings disadvantage of African-Americans may drop with negative shocks. Negative shocks also appear to 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.
Subjects: 
women
minorities
beauty
search models
JEL: 
E29
J71
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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