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Measuring Discrimination against Females: Is the “Non-Discriminatory†Wage the Male or the Female Wage?

Michael Robinson ()

The American Economist, 1993, vol. 37, issue 1, 45-50

Abstract: Typically, when using Oaxaca's decomposition to measure discrimination against females, either the wage regression for males or the wage regression for females is used as the “non-discriminatory†wage. The appropriate method for estimating discrimination depends upon whether discrimination consists of a bias against females, a bias for males, or some combination of both. This paper uses a wage frontier approach to estimate the “true†wage regression for both males and females. This approach for measuring discrimination does not require the assumption that the “non-discriminatory†wage is either the male or the female wage.

Date: 1993
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DOI: 10.1177/056943459303700105

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