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Opening Pandora's Box: The Measurement of Average Wages

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Dataset : survey data
  • Ritter, Joseph A. (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
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  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
wages and salaries
  • Abstract

    The data provide a description of the differences among the most common methods for measuring average wages and an exploration of how these differences can systematically change the answers to some important questions about wages. The different characteristics of the various measurement methods (average hourly earnings, compensation per hour, or the employment cost index) make them suited to different purposes.
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    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) The files submitted are MA96JR.WK1, a data file in Lotus 1-2-3 format,and MA96JR.FMT, a format file for older versions of Lotus 1-2-3. (2) These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigator(s) if further information is desired.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 1158 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR01158.v1
  • Ritter, Joseph A.. Opening Pandora's box: The measurement of average wages. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review.78, (2), 15-21.1996.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Ritter, Joseph A. (1998): Opening Pandora's Box: The Measurement of Average Wages. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.