An analysis of post-deregulation wages in U.S. freight transportation

Steffen Habermalz*, Kristen Monaco

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A period of regulatory changes in the early 1980s ushered in a "new" freight transportation labor market in the U.S. Using data from the 1984-1999 Current Population Survey, we examine trends in workers' wages in freight transportation and focus on wage differentials across industries and occupations. Our aim is to provide stylized facts. We find that real wages in rail, truck, and water transport declined over most of the period and have rebounded since 1996. Within industries we find considerable persistence in wage differentials between and within a majority of occupations. We also find evidence of increased competition in a subset of labor markets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-148
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Transport Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation


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