Labor Market Structure, Human Capital, and Earnings Inequality in Metropolitan Areas Academic Article uri icon


  • Individualistic versus structuralist explanations of aggregate-level earnings inequality are contrasted. Their respective predictions are then empirically considered in regression analyses of earnings inequality across 282 metropolitan areas. In general, the results do not provide strong support for the structuralist model at least as operationalized in terms of industrially and occupationally discrete segments. The effects of individualistic variables, however, do not provide strong support for human capital theory either, and the results vary substantially depending on which particular measure of inequality is considered. Implications for labor market research and theory are discussed. © 1988 The University of North Carolina Press.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sakamoto, A.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • September 1988