Industrial Change and Wage Inequality: Evidence from the Steel Industry

Posted: 16 Aug 2001

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Patricia E. Beeson

University of Pittsburgh - Office of the Provost

Lara D. Shore-Sheppard

Williams College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Kathryn L. Shaw

Stanford Graduate School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Abstract

The empirical analysis in this paper, which draws on Current Population Survey data, indicates that structural decline in the steel industry during the 1980s markedly affected the distribution of wages both in the industry and in steel-producing communities. The steelworker wage distribution experienced both a drop in the mean and an increase in the variance, becoming very similar to the distribution of wages in other durable goods manufacturing industries. Declines in steel employment substantially increased wage inequality in steel-producing communities, even among workers not employed in steel.

Suggested Citation

Beeson, Patricia E. and Shore-Sheppard, Lara Dawn and Shaw, Kathryn L., Industrial Change and Wage Inequality: Evidence from the Steel Industry. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, March 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=255243

Patricia E. Beeson

University of Pittsburgh - Office of the Provost ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

Lara Dawn Shore-Sheppard

Williams College - Department of Economics ( email )

Williamstown, MA 01267
United States
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Kathryn L. Shaw (Contact Author)

Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )

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United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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