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Monday, October 1, 2018 at 11:40am to 1:10pm
Ives Hall, 115
B07 Tower Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Jorgen Harris, Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University
Title: Do Wages Fall When Women Enter an Occupation?
Abstract: This paper investigates whether entry of women into previously male-dominated occupations causes a decline in wages in those occupations. In particular, I examine the effect of changes in the gender composition of an occupation on wages for men and women within the occupation. To determine the causal effect of a change in gender composition, I construct a shift-share instrument by using the dramatic increase in the relative educational attainment and workforce participation of women from 1960-2010 to instrument for changes in the gender composition of occupations with different levels of "exposure" to increased female work and education. I find evidence that a 10 percentage point increase in the fraction of females within an occupation leads to an 8 percent decrease in wages, for both males and females in the concurrent census year. Over the 10 years following the change in the gender composition, I find that the effect of such an increase in the fraction of females grows to a 9 percent decrease in male wages and a 14 percent decrease in female wages.
More information about the speaker can be found here: http://people.as.cornell.edu/people/jorgen-harris
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