Earnings Inequality: The Influence of Changing Opportunities and Choices
Analyzes the change in male earnings inequality since the mid-1970s, to see how much is attributable to changes in labour market opportunities and how much to changes in work choices. The study casts doubt on the conventional view that choices have played little or no role in this area.
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Changing Inequality of Male Earnings
An Alternative Decomposition of Earnings
The Sensitivity of Results to Beginning
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Absolute change American Enterprise Institute annual earnings attributed Author's calculations Burtless calculations using March capabilities capacity utilization Chairman and CEO change in earnings changes in inequality changes in opportunities changes in wage Changing Opportunities Choices Robert H contribution covariance crease Current Population Survey decomposition distribution of earnings earnings capacity equality estimated FTYR workers full-time growth in earnings Haveman human capital characteristics increase in earnings increase in inequality inequality of earnings inequality of EC ings inequality jobless labor market male earnings inequality male workers males aged sixteen observed wage rate Opportunities and Choices part-time part-year pattern categories percent period PTYR Resident Scholar Robert H role salary earnings standard error substantially tastes tion utilization of earnings Variance of Log VLN earnings VLN VLN of earnings VLN wage rates voluntary choices Wage and salary wage rate inequality wage rates VLN weeks white males work-time working-age males