Wage Determination in Social Occupations: The Role of Individual Social Capital

61 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2016 Last revised: 30 Aug 2017

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Julie L. Hotchkiss

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Georgia State University - Department of Economics

Anil Rupasingha

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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Date Written: 2016-11-01

Abstract

We make use of predicted social and civic activities (social capital) to account for selection into "social" occupations. Individual selection accounts for more than the total difference in wages observed between social and nonsocial occupations. The role that individual social capital plays in selecting into these occupations and the importance of selection in explaining wage differences across occupations is similar for both men and women. We make use of restricted data from the 2000 decennial census and the 2000 Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey. Individual social capital is instrumented by distance-weighted surrounding census tract characteristics.

Keywords: social capital, wage differentials, occupational choice, switching regression, nonpublic data, factor analysis

JEL Classification: C34, J24, J31

Suggested Citation

Hotchkiss, Julie L. and Rupasingha, Anil, Wage Determination in Social Occupations: The Role of Individual Social Capital (2016-11-01). FRB Atlanta Working Paper No. 2016-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2867337

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