Wage Dispersion between and within U.S. Manufacturing Plants, 1963-86

Steve J. Davis, John Haltiwanger, Lawrence F. Katz, Robert Topel
1991 Brookings Papers on Economic Activity Microeconomics  
Wage Dispersion between and within U.S. Manufacturing Plants, 1963 -86 THIS PAPER EXPLOITS a rich and largely untapped source of information on the wages and other characteristics of individual manufacturing plants to cast new light on recent changes in the U.S. wage structure. Our primary data source, the Longitudinal Research Datafile (LRD), contains observations on more than 300,000 manufacturing plants during census years (1963, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982) and 50,000-70,000 plants during
more » ... lants during intercensus years since 1972. We use the information in the LRD to investigate changes in the plant-wage structure over the past three decades. We also combine plant-level wage observations in the LRD with wage observations on individual workers in the Current Population In preparing the data for this study we have greatly benefited from the assistance of
doi:10.2307/2534792 fatcat:l22uesdzujbytibdpymtrcgv2u