Characteristics of Low-Wage Workers and Their Labor Market Experiences: Evidence from the Mid- to Late 1990s. Wage Construction, Samples, and Methodological Approach

04/30/2004

Our study seeks to address a broad range of research questions related to the low-wage labor market, including questions that require the analysis of employment-related data at a point in time and over specific intervals. Furthermore, to address some questions, the individual is the unit of analysis; to address others, the low-wage job or employment spell is the unit of analysis. Thus, we employed various analysis samples and statistical methods for the study.

In this section, we first discuss general issues about which workers were included in the empirical analysis and the construction of hourly wage rates. Then, we provide an overview of specific analytic issues separately by type of analysis. We provide a more complete discussion of these issues in each of the relevant topical chapters presented in this report.

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