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Inter-Industry Wage Differentials and Unobserved Ability : Siblings Evidence from Five Countries

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dc.creator Björklund, Anders
dc.creator Bratsberg, Bernt
dc.creator Eriksson, Tor
dc.creator Jäntti, Markus
dc.creator Raaum, Oddbjørn
dc.date 2004
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-16T07:09:55Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-16T07:09:55Z
dc.date.issued 2013-10-16
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20315
dc.identifier ppn:383870852
dc.identifier.uri http://koha.mediu.edu.my:8181/xmlui/handle/10419/20315
dc.description This paper examines the role of unobserved ability in explaining inter-industry wage differentials, drawing on data on brothers. Such data allow us to account for unmeasured abilities due to common family and community factors shared by siblings. Important advantages of this approach are that we do not rely on assumptions of exogenous job mobility and that estimates reflect long-run wage differentials rather than short-run differences following switch of industry. The data sets come from four of the Nordic countries and the United States. We find that, in the Nordic countries, only a moderate proportion of the variability in industry wages is due to unobserved ability, while unmeasured factors explain as much as half of the industry wage variation observed in the United States. Accounting for such differences, we show that the U.S. inter-industry wage dispersion is similar to those of the Nordic countries.
dc.language eng
dc.relation IZA Discussion paper series 1080
dc.rights http://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen
dc.subject J31
dc.subject J62
dc.subject ddc:330
dc.subject inter-industry wage differentials
dc.subject unobserved ability
dc.subject siblings
dc.subject Sektorale Lohnstruktur
dc.subject Lohnstruktur
dc.subject Qualifikation
dc.subject Familiensoziologie
dc.subject Schätzung
dc.subject Nordeuropa
dc.subject Vereinigte Staaten
dc.title Inter-Industry Wage Differentials and Unobserved Ability : Siblings Evidence from Five Countries
dc.type doc-type:workingPaper

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