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st: Oaxaca Negative Interpret Proportion

From   Jolene Cheung <>
Subject   st: Oaxaca Negative Interpret Proportion
Date   Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:13:38 +0000

Hi all, 

I am decomposing the wage gap between different groups of ethnic minorities using OAXACA in stata and I am interesting the proportion between the explained vs. unexplained in the wage gap. 

In Jann(2008), he notes for a positive explained figure that the differences in endowments account for about half the wage gap. But I have negative values for the explained portion and positive values for the unexplained and a positive difference.
Can anyone help me with the interpretation?

Thanks very much, 


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