Accessing the new earnings survey panel: Efficient techniques and applications

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Ritchie, F. (2005) Accessing the new earnings survey panel: Efficient techniques and applications. PhD, University of Stirling. Available from:

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The New Earnings Survey Panel Dataset is one of the largest datasets of its kind in the world. Its size and confidentiality restrictions present considerable difficulties for analysis using standard econometric packages. This thesis presents a number of methods for accessing the information held within the panel relatively efficiently, based upon the use of cross-product matrices and on data compression techniques. These methods allow, for the first time, the panel aspect of the dataset to be used in analysis. The techniques described here are then employed to produce an overview of changes in the UK labour market from 1975 to 1990 and detailed estimates of male and female earnings over a fourteen year period. These are the first panel estimates on the dataset. The estimates indicate the importance of allowing the parameters of any labour market model to vary over time, which is significant as panel estimators typically impose structural stability on the coefficients. Some preliminary estimates of the male-female wage gap indicate that both heterogeneity and variation over time have an important part to play in accounting for the differences in wages.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: earnings, survey panel, techniques, applications
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Business and Law
Depositing User: V. Morin-Quintal
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2014 13:01
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2019 02:53


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