Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/70689
Authors: 
Hotchkiss, Julie L.
Shiferaw, Menbere
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 2010-12
Abstract: 
This paper contributes to a large literature concerned with identifying the source of the widening wage gap between high school and college graduates by providing a comprehensive, multidimensional decomposition of wages across both time and educational status. Data from a multitude of sources are brought to bear on the question of the relative importance of labor market supply and demand factors in the determination of those wage differences. The results confirm the importance of investments in and use of technology, which has been the focus of most of the previous literature, but are also able to show that demand and supply factors played very different roles in the growing wage gaps of the 1980s and 1990s.
Subjects: 
education wage gap
skill wage gap
skill-biased technological change
skill-based wage differentials
JEL: 
J20
J31
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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