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

Julie Hotchkiss and Anil Rupasingha

Working Papers from U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies

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 non-social 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 2000 Decennial Census and 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; non-public data; factor analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J31 J24 C34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-soc and nep-ure
Date: 2016-01
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