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Author: Weisshaar, Katherine
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1. Weisshaar, Katherine
Cabello-Hutt, Tania
Labor Force Participation: The Long-Term Effects of Employment Trajectories on Wages
Presented: Denver CO, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2018
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: Population Association of America
Keyword(s): Employment, Intermittent; Gender Differences; Labor Force Participation; Wage Penalty/Career Penalty; Wages

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We use over 30 years of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79) to examine the long-term effects of labor force participation on wages. We document employment trajectories over the life course, and assess to what extent these vary by sex, race, and socioeconomic background, and how they are associated with wages later in life. We find that the trajectory itself -- the timing and extent of intermittent employment -- matters in predicting wages later in life, beyond the duration of intermittency. While women are more likely to follow non-steady employment, women do not incur additional wage penalties compared to men who follow the same non-steady trajectory. Thus, gender inequality in wages derived from intermittency is due to the group composition itself, rather than gendered payoff of a particular pathway. These findings give important insights into the relationship between gender, employment, and wage inequality over the life course.
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Weisshaar, Katherine and Tania Cabello-Hutt. "Labor Force Participation: The Long-Term Effects of Employment Trajectories on Wages." Presented: Denver CO, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2018.