Department of Economics
University of Illinois at Chicago
- Salary History Bans: Lowering the Gender Wage Gap or Lowering Wages?
Abstract: Since 2017, a number of states and municipalities have banned employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. The intent of
these laws is to lower the gender wage gap by eliminating persistence in earnings as a person gains experience and changes jobs. Early evidence from
McNichols (2018) has shown that the law may have lowered the gender wage gap in California. Using a difference-in-difference strategy that takes
advantage of variation with multiple states passing the law over multiple time periods, I find that passage of the law negatively effects men's weekly
earnings by 1.8% but has no effect on women's earnings. I also provide evidence that this change is driven by men re-entering employment at lower wages
in states with bans, not from men moving job-to-job. Finally, I show evidence that the law also lowers the variance in wages for women.
- Consequences of Immigrating During a Recession: Evidence from the US Refugee Resettlement Program
Abstract: I examine long-term employment and wage consequences for refugees who migrate to the United States under poor business cycle conditions.
It is difficult to credibly estimate the relationship between initial economic conditions and subsequent labor outcomes for immigrants as most can choose
when to migrate. However, estimation is possible for refugees because their arrival dates are exogenously determined through the US Refugee Resettlement
Program. For every one percentage point increase in the national unemployment rate at arrival, refugees experience a 3.45% reduction in wages after five
years and a 3.65 percentage point reduction in employment after four years.
- Health, History, Demography and Development (H2D2) Research Day
University of Michigan
March 30, 2019
- IV Workshop on Migration, Health, and Well-Being
University of Pittsburgh
May 5, 2019 - May 6, 2019
- Wharton Conference on Migration, Organizations, and Management
University of Pennsylvania
May 30, 2019 - May 31, 2019