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.
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.
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