Wage Inequality of U.S. Truck Drivers

35 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2011

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Kristen A. Monaco

California State University, Long Beach - Department of Economics

Steffen Habermalz

Northwestern University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: January 15, 2011

Abstract

Using CPS data for the period 1979-2009, the wage dispersion of truck drivers (and subsets of the truck driving sample) is compared to the trends in wage dispersion of males economy-wide. We find that truckers' wages experienced a decrease in inequality post-deregulation, as expected given the literature on regulation's impact on the labor market. We also find that the wage dispersion for truckers is markedly different from males economy-wide, providing evidence that the wage distribution of truck drivers has been dominated by the changing structure of the occupation post-deregulation and largely immune to the factors that increased inequality for the aggregate labor market.

Keywords: wage differentials, wage inequality, trucking

JEL Classification: J31, L92

Suggested Citation

Monaco, Kristen A. and Habermalz, Steffen, Wage Inequality of U.S. Truck Drivers (January 15, 2011). IZA Discussion Paper No. 5444, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1745719

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