Estimating the employment effects of wage discrimination

Marjorie Baldwin, William Johnson

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If labor supply curves are not perfectly inelastic, wage discrimination induces some minority workers to leave the labor force. Studies of discrimination that focus only on wage differentials overlook these disincentive effects on minority employment. This article introduces a method of estimating the employment effects of wage discrimination and applies it to data on men and women from the 1984 Survey of Income and Program Participation. We find that wage discrimination against women caused a net loss of over four million jobs, supporting Becker's contention that discriminatory employers use labor inefficiently. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReview of Economics & Statistics
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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