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Bias in Longitudinal Estimation of Wage Gaps

Gary Solon

NBER Technical Working Paper No. 58
Issued in June 1986
NBER Program(s):Labor Studies

Cross-sectional regression analyses of wage gaps may be biased by omission of unobserved worker characteristics. Recent studies therefore have used longitudinal data to "difference out" the effects of such variables. This paper. however. shows that self-selection of job changers may cause longitudinal estimation of wage gaps to be inconsistent.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/t0058

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