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The Reverse Wage Gap among Educated White and Black Women

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  • Houseworth, Christina
  • Fisher, Jonathan

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Using the 2004 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses and the 2004-2005 American Community Surveys, we estimate the black-white wage gap among females with at least some college education. We find that black female nurses earn 9 percent more at the mean and median than white female nurses, controlling for selection into nursing employment. Among K-12 teachers, black females earn 7 percent more than white females at the median. There is no black-white wage gap among all women with a bachelor’s degree. Differences in opportunities for education and marriage between white and black women may explain why highly educated black females earn on par with highly educated white females.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 35827.

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Keywords: Human capital; differential demand and supply for schooling; wage gaps;

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  1. Jonathan Fisher & Christina Houseworth, 2012. "Occupation Inflation in the Current Population Survey," Working Papers 12-26, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
  2. Peter McHenry & Melissa McInerney, 2012. "Are Wage Premiums for Black Women Illusory? A Critical Examination," Working Papers, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary 120, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary.

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