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    The impact of cognitive skills on the distribution of the black-white wage gap


    Sweetman, Olive (2006) The impact of cognitive skills on the distribution of the black-white wage gap. Labour Economics, 13 (3). pp. 343-356. ISSN 0927-5371

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    Abstract

    In this paper we use a semi-parametric estimation procedure to examine differences in the distribution of wages for black and white male workers in the US. In keeping with recent studies we find that differences in cognitive skills are an important determinant of the black-white wage gap and can explain almost the entire male racial wage gap among high wage workers. However, we find that equalising the distribution of cognitive skills will be less successful in reducing this gap at the lower end of the distribution.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Wage Distribution; Black-White Wage Gap; Semi-Parametric Estimation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Finance and Accounting
    Item ID: 8525
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2004.08.004
    Depositing User: Olive Sweetman
    Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2017 14:17
    Journal or Publication Title: Labour Economics
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
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