Calculation of approximate variances for wage decomposition differentials

Ronald L. Oaxaca, Michael Ransom

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The delta method is used to estimate asymptotic variances for components of Oaxaca/Blinder style wage decompositions obtained from the semi-log regression models. Application of the method is illustrated with estimates of racial discrimination from the March 1988 CPS. Although developed in the context of estimating labor market discrimination, the variance and standard error formulas readily generalize to other contexts that use decomposition methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Economic and Social Measurement
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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