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Occupational segregation by race and ethnicity in the US: Differences across states

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  • Carlos Gradín

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    (Universidade de Vigo)

  • Coral del Río

    (Universidade de Vigo)

  • Olga Alonso-Villar

    ()
    (Universidade de Vigo)

Abstract

Using the 2005–2007 American Community Survey, we analyze the occupational segregation of workers by race and ethnicity across states. Although the unconditional analysis shows great geographical variation in segregation, with the largest levels in the Southwest, the analysis of segregation conditioned on the distribution of characteristics reveals that segregation of workers with similar characteristics is generally greater in the East Central region. To quantify conditional segregation, we adapt a propensity score technique that simultaneously controls for several characteristics, allowing the identification of the factors that explain the geographical variation of unconditional segregation.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 190.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2011-190

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Keywords: occupational segregation; race; ethnicity; states; United States.;

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  1. O. Alonso-Villar & C. Gradín & C. del Río, 2013. "Occupational segregation of Hispanics in US metropolitan areas," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(30), pages 4298-4307, October.

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