Michael Steinberger

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The past quarter century has seen an increasing amount of research on the demographic characteristics and economic decisions of gay and lesbian Americans. The majority of the nationally representative research on same-sex couples in the United States uses the U.S. Census and American Community Surveys as primary data source. We utilize differences in data(More)
Using 2000 U.S. Census data we illustrate the importance of accounting for household specialization in lesbian couples when examining the sexual orientation gap in female labor supply. Specifically, we find the labor supply gap is substantially larger between married women and partnered lesbian women who specialize in market production (primary earners)(More)
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Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) suffer from the lack of wired infrastructure. Each node needs its own power supply, e.g. batteries or energy harvesting systems (EHSs). Typically, EHSs can extend the lifetime of a sensor node or even enable perpetual operation. Due to the high variation of harvestable energy of the environment, the design of the EHSs has to(More)
In this paper, we explore the determinants of the sexual orientation wage differentials and why these differentials differ by gender. We utilize data from the 2000 U.S. Census to estimate log wage equations by sexual orientation and gender, and compare three alternative explanations for the wage differentials: discrimination, human capital differences, and(More)
This dissertation consists of three empirical studies, each using a measure of pre-market skills to examine an aspect of wage inequality in the U.S. labor market. Chapter One analyzes the factors associated with the change in the gender wage gap for young workers. I decompose the change in the gender wage gap over the entire wage distribution into factors(More)
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