Subjective and Objective Indicators of Racial Progress
AbstractProgress in closing differences in many objective outcomes for blacks relative to whites has slowed, and even worsened, over the past 3 decades. However, over this period the racial gap in happiness has shrunk. In the early 1970s data revealed much lower levels of subjective well-being among blacks relative to whites. Investigating various measures of well-being, we find that the well-being of blacks has increased both absolutely and relative to that of whites. While a racial gap in well-being remains, two-fifths of the gap has closed, and these gains have occurred despite little progress in closing other racial gaps such as those in income, employment, and education. Much of the current racial gap in happiness can be explained by differences in the objective conditions of the lives of black and white Americans. Thus, making further progress will likely require progress in closing racial gaps in objective circumstances.
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Volume (Year): 41 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 459 - 493
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- Betsey Stevenson & Justin Wolfers, 2013. "Subjective and Objective Indicators of Racial Progress," CESifo Working Paper Series 4183, CESifo Group Munich.
- Betsey Stevenson & Justin Wolfers, 2013. "Subjective and Objective Indicators of Racial Progress ," CAMA Working Papers 2013-17, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
- Betsey Stevenson & Justin Wolfers, 2013. "Subjective and Objective Indicators of Racial Progress," NBER Working Papers 18916, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- Stevenson, Betsey & Wolfers, Justin, 2013. "Subjective and Objective Indicators of Racial Progress," CEPR Discussion Papers 9408, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
- Stevenson, Betsey & Wolfers, Justin, 2013. "Subjective and Objective Indicators of Racial Progress," IZA Discussion Papers 7309, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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- Owen, Ann & Phillips, Anne, 2013. "Education, income, and the distribution of happiness," MPRA Paper 49387, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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