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Skin Tone's Decreasing Importance on Employment: Evidence from a Longitudinal Dataset, 1985-2000

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  • Akee, Randall K. Q.

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    (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • Yuksel, Mutlu

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    (Dalhousie University)

Abstract

We investigate the effect of skin tone on employment probabilities in a longitudinal data set. Using an objective measure of skin tone from a light-spectrometer and a self-reported measure of race we find that over time the effect of skin tone on employment has diminished. These results hold both across the white and African-American samples as well as within the African-American sample itself with regard to skin tone. Further investigation indicates that all of the gains can be attributed to African-American women; there are no changes in the employment probabilities for African-American men in the 15 year panel data. We find that the expansion of employment for women is concentrated in the services occupations.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 5120.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5120

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  1. Casey B. Mulligan & Yona Rubinstein, 2005. "Selection, Investment, and Women's Relative Wages Since 1975," NBER Working Papers 11159, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. O'Neill, June & Polachek, Solomon, 1993. "Why the Gender Gap in Wages Narrowed in the 1980s," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 11(1), pages 205-28, January.
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