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Wages and Working Conditions

Henry Saffer

NBER Working Paper No. 1418
Issued in August 1984
NBER Program(s):   HE

This paper presents another extension of the approach initiated by Brown. As in Brown's work, the wage change specification is used to control for bias due to omitted ability data. Then, as in Duncan and Hoimlund's study, working conditions are measured using subjective self?reported data. However, in this paper, working conditions are measured by a single comprehensive variable. This approach eliminates omitted working conditions as a source of bias. The working conditions measure is then treated as an unobserved variable which limits measurement error to an unknown scale factor. The model is estimated using a technique derived by memiya (1978).

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w1418

Published: Saffer, Henry. "Wages and Hazardous Working Conditions," Applied Economics, Vol. 18, No. 8, August 1986.

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