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Volume 12, Issue 4


Supply Side Wage Determinants: Overview of Empirical Literature

Jiří Balcar
Published Online: 2013-01-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10135-012-0010-x


The list of variables included in wage models has been extended substantially since 1974 when Mincer published his model containing years of schooling and quadratic function of potential experience. This paper provides an overview of the variables most often employed in wage equations, including results from their estimations. Education, experience, particular skills, psychological traits, beauty and health, social capital, characteristics potentially connected with discrimination, individual’s household characteristics and social, cultural and economic background the individual was exposed to during childhood and adolescence, all these are aggregated fields of interest which are discussed in detail. The paper is concluded by the outline of the probable development of research on wage determinants.

Keywords : overview; wage determinants; education; experience; skills; psychological traits; beauty; health; social capital; discrimination; household characteristics; background

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This paper has been funded by a grant from the Czech Science Foundation (grant number P402/11/2464) for a research on the gender wage gap in Czech Republic

Published Online: 2013-01-29

Published in Print: 2012-12-01

Citation Information: Review of Economic Perspectives, Volume 12, Issue 4, Pages 207–222, ISSN (Online) 1804-1663, ISSN (Print) 1213-2446, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10135-012-0010-x.

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