The Anatomy of Changing Male Earnings Inequality: An Empirical Exploration of Determinants

Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 104

32 Pages Posted: 4 May 1999

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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)

Lawrence Buron

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: February 1994

Abstract

The source of the increased inequality in the distribution of male earnings has been the focus of much economic analysis. In this working paper, Robert H. Haveman and Lawrence Buron attempt to find the source of the increased inequality in the distribution of male earnings since the 1970s. Specifically, they seek to find: (1) the relative contributions of changes in wage rates and hours worked to the observed increase in male earnings inequality; (2) whether the relative contributions of changes in relative wage rates and work times to earnings inequality alters if the population examined is all males versus all male workers; (3) the changes over time in wage rate and work time variability within the standard categories of male work patterns; and (4) what the effect of changes in the structure of male work patterns--for example, FTYR work versus part-time or part-year work--has been on the pattern of earnings inequality.

JEL Classification: J31

Suggested Citation

Haveman, Robert H. and Buron, Lawrence, The Anatomy of Changing Male Earnings Inequality: An Empirical Exploration of Determinants (February 1994). Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 104. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=137592 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.137592

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Lawrence Buron

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