Earnings and Employment in Trucking: Deregulating a Naturally Competitive Industry

  title={Earnings and Employment in Trucking: Deregulating a Naturally Competitive Industry},
  author={Barry T. Hirsch and David A. Macpherson and Marcus Alexis},
The effect of motor carrier deregulation on the employment and earnings of truck drivers is examined, using data for the period 1973-95. The use of a quasi-experimental design is made possible through the comparison of wages before and after deregulation among drivers in the previously regulated for-hire sector, drivers in unregulated private carriage, and an economy-wide group of male non-driver nonprofessionals. Deregulation is associated with approximately a 15 percent relative wage decline… 

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