Updating occupational prestige and socioeconomic scores

Another problem associated with cross-sectional analyses is reliance on measurement of occupational status at a single point in time, when it can be a moving target as individuals change jobs over the course of a career.

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For example, professionals are differentiated from manual workers by selection on educational attainment that influences patterns of remuneration.

Occupational status is also likely to be a better indicator of income over the long term than is income information collected at any single point in time, because in the short-term, income can be quite volatile (Williams and Collins 1995).

Non-white workers are more likely than whites in the same occupation to be exposed to carcinogens or other damaging conditions at work, and are paid less for the same work even after work experience and educational attainment are taken into account (Krieger, Williams and Moss 1997).

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