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Trends in the occupations of eminent black entrepreneurs in the United States

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  • Boyd, Robert L.
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    This study analyzes the occupations of black Americans who have been nationally recognized for their business achievements. Data from renowned encyclopedic sources of biographical information show that occupational niches that arose because of racial segregation and limited opportunities for blacks to participate in the economic mainstream, such as personal services and undertaking, are no longer important routes into the "black business elite." Yet, these data also suggest that, during the 20th century, entertainment, beauty products, and advertising became major pathways into this elite because of an opportunity structure that promoted blacks' participation in these occupational niches yet restricted it in others, notably, in construction and manufacturing.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics).

    Volume (Year): 37 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 6 (December)
    Pages: 2390-2398

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:37:y:2008:i:6:p:2390-2398

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    Keywords: Eminent black entrepreneurs Race and socioeconomic achievement in the U.S. Historical trends;

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    1. Charles Hirschman, 2005. "Immigration and the American century," Demography, Springer, vol. 42(4), pages 595-620, November.
    2. Robert W. Fairlie & Bruce D. Meyer, 2000. "Trends in Self-Employment among White and Black Men during the Twentieth Century," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 35(4), pages 643-669.
    3. Bogan, Vicki & Darity Jr., William, 2008. "Culture and entrepreneurship? African American and immigrant self-employment in the United States," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 1999-2019, October.
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