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American Economic Review: Vol. 101 No. 3 (May 2011)

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Monopsony, Mobility, and Sex Differences in Pay: Missouri School Teachers

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Ransom, Michael R., and Val E. Lambson. 2011. "Monopsony, Mobility, and Sex Differences in Pay: Missouri School Teachers." American Economic Review, 101(3): 454-59.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.101.3.454

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We examine the sex differences in the pay of school teachers in Missouri. In Missouri school districts, pay is determined by a salary schedule that maps teaching experience and education level of an individual to a salary level. In spite of this apparently mechanical rule for determining pay, female teachers earn less than male teachers, after controlling for experience and education. We explore how such a difference could arise from differential job mobility and find some evidence to support this idea. However, within district differences in pay are a more important source of differences in pay between men and women.

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Ransom, Michael R. (Brigham Young U)
Lambson, Val E. (Brigham Young U)

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H75: State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
I21: Analysis of Education
J31: Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
J45: Public Sector Labor Markets


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