Selection and the Measured Black-White Wage Gap Among Young Women Revisited

21 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2014

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James Albrecht

Georgetown University - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Aico van Vuuren

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics

Susan Vroman

Georgetown University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

Derek Neal (JPE 2004) used the NLSY79 to show that the observed median log wage gap between young white and young black women in 1990 underestimated the true, selection-corrected gap, i.e., the gap we would have expected to see had all of these women been employed in 1990. In this paper, we use the NLSY97 to update his analysis. The observed median log wage gap increased substantially between 1990 and 2011, as did the selection-corrected gap. These increases are explained to a considerable extent by changes in the distribution of educational attainment across young white and black women.

Keywords: racial log wage gap, selection, women

JEL Classification: J15, J16, J31, J71

Suggested Citation

Albrecht, James W. and van Vuuren, Aico and Vroman, Susan B., Selection and the Measured Black-White Wage Gap Among Young Women Revisited. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2406327

James W. Albrecht (Contact Author)

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Aico Van Vuuren

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics ( email )

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Susan B. Vroman

Georgetown University ( email )

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