Changing Promotion Standards - Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth
42 Pages Posted: 6 May 2013
Date Written: October 15, 2008
Few studies of promotion have focused on large panel data sets. Notable exceptions have focused on the popular data set from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 cohort (NSLY). Data from the NSLY have been utilized in at least four studies of promotion standards, with the finding that women are held to higher promotion standards than otherwise equally qualified men. All of these studies have utilized older data from the 1984-1990 survey years of the NLSY. During these years the subjects in the survey were between the ages of 19-33 years old. I explore the differences in promotion with data from the most recent survey years from 1996-2006, where subjects are now between the ages of 31 and 46. The findings indicate that although there was strong evidence of promotion disparity in the early years of subject’s working careers; these effects have lessened as they have entered the prime working years. Additionally, we explore the wage gains attached to promotions. While the data from the subject’s early working career show wage gains attached to promotion that favor women, the more recent data shows no discernable difference in wage gains attached to promotion.
Keywords: Gender Differences, Labor Market, Promotion, Wages
JEL Classification: J7, J23, J24, J31, J33
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