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The effects of unemployment insurance on postunemployment earnings
Omitted-Ability Bias and the Increase in the Return to Schooling
Over the 1980s, there were sharp increases in the return to schooling estimated with conventional wage regressions. We explore whether the relationship between ability and schooling changed over this…
Fertility timing, wages, and human capital
An explanation of women who have first births relatively late in life earn higher wages based on a simple life-cycle model of human capital investment and timing of first birth and empirical analysis finds results consistent with the higher wages of late childbearers arising primarily through greater measurable humanCapital investment.
Are Ols Estimates of the Return to Schooling Biased Downward? Another Look
We examine evidence on omitted-ability bias in estimates of the economic return to schooling, using proxies for unobserved ability. We consider measurement error in these ability proxies and the…
Estimating wage differentials without logarithms
- M. Blackburn
- Economics, Mathematics
Unobserved Ability, Efficiency Wages, and Interindustry Wage Differentials
Interindustry wage differentials in wage regressions estimated for individuals have been interpreted as evidence consistent with efficiency wage models. A principal competing explanation is that…
Do minimum wages raise employment? Evidence from the U.S. retail-trade sector
Minimum Wages and Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities among Teens
- Scott J Adams, M. Blackburn, Chad Cotti
- Economics, MedicineReview of Economics and Statistics
- 1 August 2012
Evidence of a sizable impact of beer taxes on alcohol-related accidents among youths suggests that beer taxes are one avenue for policymakers to consider in counteracting this unintended consequence of minimum wages.
The declining marital-status earnings differential
There is some evidence that differences in human-capital investment between married and unmarried men have fallen over time, but this effect has apparently been largely offset by increases in the return to that human capital.
Internal Migration and the Earnings of Married Couples in the United States
- M. Blackburn
Economic models of migration recognize that potential changes in income are an important factor in the decision to change geographic location within a country's borders. For married couples, gains…