Wage Inequality of US Truck Drivers

Kristen Monaco*, Steffen Habermalz

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Abstract

Using CPS data for the period 1979-2009, the wage dispersion of truck drivers (and subsets of the truck driving sample) is compared with the trends in wage dispersion of males economy-wide. We find that truckers' wages experienced a decrease in inequality post-deregulation, as expected given the literature on regulation's impact on the labor market. We also find that the wage dispersion for truckers is markedly different from males economy-wide, providing evidence that the wage distribution of truck drivers has been dominated by the changing structure of the occupation post-deregulation and largely immune to the factors that increased inequality for the aggregate labor market.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-285
Number of pages18
JournalLabour
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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