Supervisory Status and Upper‐level Supervisory Responsibilities: Evidence from the NLSY79

Donna S. Rothstein


This paper examines what it means to be a supervisor, in terms of what types of responsibilities are associated with supervisory status, who is more likely to have this authority, and what the wage consequences are from having these types of responsibilities. The results indicate that the wage returns to being a supervisor are not associated with simply having supervisory "status" or a supervisory title, per se, but rather from having associated upper-level supervisory responsibilities. While women are less likely to have supervisory status, once the status is attained, there is a small associated responsibility differential.