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Jozefowicz and Alumna Publish Study of Gender Wage Gap in Pennsylvania

Posted on 3/29/2017 8:51:12 AM

“A Panel Data Analysis of the Gender Wage Gap in Pennsylvania Counties: Rural-Urban Differences,” co-authored by honors-track economics alumna Erica Sittig (’15) and professor James Jozefowicz, has been published in the Pennsylvania Economic Review.

The paper analyzes the relationship between the gender wage gap and demographic, household, human capital, labor force, employment, and geographic mobility attributes in a sample of Pennsylvania counties from 2005 to 2010. The results suggest that there are rural-urban differences in the impacts of the independent variables on gender wage disparity. Furthermore, Oaxaca decomposition reveals that the gender wage gap disadvantage for rural counties relative to urban counties is 24.5 percent.

Department of Economics