Even Education and Experience Has its Limits: Closing the Wage Gap

36 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2014

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Gil S. Epstein

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University College London - CReAM - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

Dalit Gafni

College of Management (Israel)

Erez Siniver

College of Management (Israel)

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Abstract

Economic outcomes are compared for university graduates in Israel belonging to four different ethnic groups. A unique dataset is used that includes all individuals who graduated with a first degree from universities and colleges in Israel between the years 1995 and 2008 and which tracks them for up to 10 years from the year they graduated. The main finding is that education and experience appear to have a strong effect on earnings in the long run and that an ethnic group can improve its position relative to specific groups while it has no effects relative to other groups.

Keywords: wage differences, immigrants, discrimination

JEL Classification: J15, J24, J31

Suggested Citation

Epstein, Gil S. and Gafni, Dalit and Siniver, Erez, Even Education and Experience Has its Limits: Closing the Wage Gap. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8737. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2543932

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