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Bayesian Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Conditional Distribution of Earnings of Men in the United States, 1967-1996: Appendices

Geweke, John and Keane, Michael (2005): Bayesian Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Conditional Distribution of Earnings of Men in the United States, 1967-1996: Appendices.

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Abstract

This study develops practical methods for Bayesian nonparametric inference in regression models. The emphasis is on extending a nonparametric treatment of the regression function to the full conditional distribution. It applies these methods to the relationship of earnings of men in the United States to their age and education over the period 1967 through 1996. Principal findings include increasing returns to both education and experience over this period, rising variance of earnings conditional on age and education, a negatively skewed and leptokurtic conditional distribution of log earnings, and steadily increasing inequality with asymmetric and changing impacts on high- and low-wage earners. These results are insensitive to several alternative nonparametric specifications of the distribution of earnings conditional on age and education.

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