Recent Trends in U.S. Male Work and Wage Patterns: An Overview

Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 122

58 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 1998

See all articles by Lawrence Buron

Lawrence Buron

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Robert Haveman

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Owen O'Donnell

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August 1994

Abstract

In this working paper, Lawrence Buron, Robert Haveman, and Owen O'Donnell explore the major trends that have developed in the work force, including the rate of joblessness and the rise in part-time work, and whether these events were voluntary or involuntary. In addition, they look at the decline in the median wage. Using data from the March Consumer Population Survey on full-time, full-year (FTFY) employment among males for the years 1967-1992, the authors reported actual trends in each of the measures employed and trends in standardized measures that held the age, educational, and racial composition of the labor force constant (at their initial year levels). By doing so, they were better able to determine whether the trends they found were the result of demographic changes or influenced by other events.

JEL Classification: J21, J31

Suggested Citation

Buron, Lawrence and Haveman, Robert H. and O'Donnell, Owen, Recent Trends in U.S. Male Work and Wage Patterns: An Overview (August 1994). Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 122. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=102935 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.102935

Lawrence Buron (Contact Author)

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Robert H. Haveman

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Owen O'Donnell

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