Why Are Fewer Workers Earning Middle Wages and Is It a Bad Thing ?

Seminaire with Jennifer Hunt, February 24th 2017, 2:30 pm-4:30 pm
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Why Are Fewer Workers Earning Middle Wages

and Is It a Bad Thing ?  

LIEPP's Discriminations and Social Inequalities research group is glad to invite you to the:

Seminar with Jennifer Hunt

Friday February 24th 2017, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

LIEPP Seminar Room

1st floor, 254 bvd Saint-Germain

75007 Paris

Please click the following link to register


 Jennifer Hunt

Jennifer Hunt has been at Rutgers since 2011 after previous positions at McGill University (2004-2011), the University of Montreal (2001-2004) and Yale (1992-2001). From 2013-2015 she was first Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, then Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard in 1992 and her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. She is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and is on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung in Nuremburg. Her current research focuses on immigration and wage inequality, while past research has also encompassed unemployment, the science and engineering workforce, the transition from communism, crime and corruption.

Jennifer Hunt is visiting the Department of Economics at Sciences Po from February 7th to the 28th 2017.

Abstract of the paper :

Since 1979, there has been a steady decline in the share of both men and women earning middle wages. We examine this development by assigning workers to real wage bins and tracking shares of workers in each bin over time. The decline has been a good thing for women throughout and for men since 1992, representing mobility to higher wage bins propelled by rising age and education, and for women until 2001, beneficial changes in returns to industry and union status. 

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