The Feasibility and Importance of Adding Measures of Actual Experience to Cross-Sectional Data Collection

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Francine D. Blau

Cornell University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Lawrence M. Kahn

Cornell University - School of Industrial and Labor Relations; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

We use Michigan Panel Study of Income Dynamics data and data from a 2008 telephone survey of adults conducted by Westat for the Princeton Data Improvement Initiative (PDII) to explore the importance and feasibility of adding retrospective questions about actual work experience to cross-sectional data sets. We demonstrate that having such actual experience data is important for analyzing women's post-school human capital accumulation, residual wage inequality, and the gender pay gap. Further, our PDII survey results show that it is feasible to collect actual experience data in cross-sectional telephone surveys like the March Current Population Survey annual supplement.

Keywords: gender, microeconomic data collection, human capital, work experience

JEL Classification: C81, J16, J24

Suggested Citation

Blau, Francine D. and Kahn, Lawrence M., The Feasibility and Importance of Adding Measures of Actual Experience to Cross-Sectional Data Collection. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5873. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1906176

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