Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/67289
Authors: 
Machado, Cecilia
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 7005
Abstract: 
Selection correction methods usually make assumptions about selection itself. In the case of gender wage gap estimation, those assumptions are specially tenuous because of high female non-participation and because selection could be different in different parts of the labor market. This paper proposes an estimator for the wage gap that allows for arbitrary heterogeneity in selection. It applies to the subpopulation of always employed women, which is similar to men in labor force attachment. Using CPS data from 1976 to 2005, I show that the gap has narrowed substantially from a -.521 to a -.263 log wage points differential for this population.
Subjects: 
selection
gender wage gap
JEL: 
J31
J16
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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