Effects of Employer Skill Demands on Wages and Employment

Industrial and Labor Relations Review, October 1998

Posted: 29 Oct 1998

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Harry J. Holzer

Georgetown University - Public Policy Institute (GPPI); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

The author uses data from a 1992-94 survey of employers in four metropolitan areas to investigate the effects of skill demands, as measured by hiring requirements and job tasks, on the wages and employment of newly hired workers. Skill demands were generally associated with lower employment of blacks than whites, and with higher employment of women than men. Most tasks and requirements had statistically significant positive effects on starting hourly wages. Together, these effects help to account for some of the differences between the hourly wages of white and black men, and for some trends over time in the relative wages and employment of race and gender groups.

JEL Classification: J23, J31

Suggested Citation

Holzer, Harry J., Effects of Employer Skill Demands on Wages and Employment. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, October 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=100328

Harry J. Holzer (Contact Author)

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