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The extent of occupational segregation in the US: Differences by race, ethnicity, and gender

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  • Olga Alonso-Villar

    ()
    (Universidade de Vigo)

  • Coral del Río

    (Universidade de Vigo)

  • Carlos Gradín

    ()
    (Universidade de Vigo)

Abstract

By using data from the American Community Survey, this paper studies occupational segregation by ethnicity/race and gender in the US by comparing the distribution of any demographic group with the employment structure of the economy. The analysis shows that occupational segregation is particularly intense in the Hispanic and Asian population groups, even though the performance of the former seems to be more disturbing than that of the latter given its higher concentration in low-paid jobs. As opposed to what happens for African and Native Americans, human capital variables explain a substantive part of Hispanic and Asian segregation. The analysis also reveals that the differential between women and men is not reduced after controlling for human capital characteristics. In addition, segregation disparities are much larger among male groups than among female groups. A distinctive characteristic of Hispanic workers is that segregation is higher for men than for women.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 180.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2010-180

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Keywords: occupational segregation; local segregation; race; ethnicity; gender.;

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  1. Carlos Gradín & Coral del Río & Olga Alonso-Villar, 2011. "Occupational Segregation by Race and Ethnicity in the US: Differences across States," Working Papers, Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada 1102, Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada.
  2. Carlos Gradín, 2013. "Conditional occupational segregation of minorities in the US," Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer, Springer, vol. 11(4), pages 473-493, December.
  3. Coral del Río & Olga Alonso-Villar, 2010. "Occupational segregation measures: A role for status," Working Papers 167, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  4. Olga Alonso Villar & Coral del Río, 2010. "Segregation of female and male workers in Spain: occupations and industries," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, IEF, vol. 194(3), pages 91-121, June.

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