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Essays on the Long-Term Consequences from Entering the Labor Market During a Recession

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posted on 01.08.2021, 00:00 by Joshua Floyd Mask
Starting a career during a recession can be difficult. The lack of job opportunities and increased number of job applicants means a lot of competitive pressure for inexperienced job-seekers. After exhaustive searches, many may accept lower wages than they would if the economy were booming. Over time, these unfortunate circumstances lead to a long-term negative wage disparity called scarring. In this dissertation, I first study scarring in the context of migration. I find scarring can be particularly severe for vulnerable groups like refugees. I also study scarring in the context of policy by looking at recently passed Salary History Ban laws. I find the scarring effect is partially reversed when employers no longer ask about prior salary and/or advertise expected salaries in their job postings.

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Advisor

Lubotsky, Darren

Chair

Lubotsky, Darren

Department

Economics

Degree Grantor

University of Illinois at Chicago

Degree Level

Doctoral

Degree name

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy

Committee Member

Ost, Ben Feigenberg, Benjamin Hembre, Erik Forsythe, Eliza

Submitted date

August 2021

Thesis type

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Language

en

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