Are Health Workers Underpaid?
There is a clear need for a firm statistical base describing the levels and rates of change of wages for various types of manpower in hospitals and other health settings, and for analytical studies designed to explain the causes and consequences of wage variation in the health industry. This paper is intended to fill the first need, and provide data for the second. With the rich detail provided in the public use samples of the 1960 and 1970 Censuses of Population, it is possible to calculate hourly earnings rates for all allied health personnel classified by occupation, sex, schooling, geographical location, and many other characteristics. Furthermore, it is possible to compare these earnings with those of workers with similar characteristics in other non-farm industries.
This research was supported by a grant (No. 2POlHS00451-08) from the National Center for Health Services Research to the National Bureau of Economic Research. The research assistance of Krista Chinn and Jan Platt and the secretarial assistance of Claire Gilchrist are gratefully acknowledged.
Fuchs, Victor R. "The Earnings of Allied Health Personnel--Are Health Workers Underpaid?" Explorations in Economic Research, Vol. 3, No. 3, (Summer 1976), pp. 408-432.
Victor R. Fuchs, 1976. "The Earnings of Allied Health Personnel - Are Health Workers Underpaid?," NBER Chapters, in: Explorations in Economic Research, Volume 3, number 3, pages 106-130 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.