Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

4-1999

Journal or Book Title

Economic Inquiry

Volume

37

Issue

2

First Page or Article ID Number

181

Last Page

194

DOI

10.1111/j.1465-7295.1999.tb01424.x

Abstract

Job evaluation is used to establish pay for many workers in the United States and has been used to measure the extent of pay discrimination. However, job evaluations are subject to measurement error that can bias these estimates. Using computed reliability ratios to adjust for measurement error in a study of Iowa state government jobs, we find that measurement errors exaggerate the implied extent of discrimination against predominantly female jobs by 34%-44%. Measurement errors also exaggerate the number of independent job factors which affect pay. A practical procedure for making these corrections is illustrated.

JEL Classification

J31, J71, C49

Comments

This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article :Chen, Shih-Neng, Peter F. Orazem, J. Peter Mattila, and Jeffrey J. Greig. 1999. “Measurement Error in Job Evaluation and the Gender Wage Gap.” Economic Inquiry 37 (2): 181-194, which has been published in final form at DOI: 10.1111/j.1465-7295.1999.tb01424.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving

Copyright Owner

Western Economic Association International

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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