Wages, productivity, and worker characteristics: Evidence from plant-level production functions and wage equations

Judith K. Hellerstein, David Neumark, Kenneth R. Troske

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Abstract

We use a unique new data set that combines data on individual workers and their employers to estimate marginal productivity differentials among different types of workers. We then compare these to estimated relative wages, leading to new evidence on productivity-based and nonproductivity-based explanations of the determination of wages. Among our findings are (1) the higher pay of prime-aged workers (aged 35-54) and older workers (aged 55+) is reflected in higher point estimates of their relative marginal products, and (2) for the most part, the lower relative earnings of women are not reflected in lower relative marginal products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-446
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1999

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Economics and Econometrics

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