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Occupational Segregation by Race and Ethnicity in the US: Differences across States

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  • Carlos Gradín
  • Coral del Río
  • Olga Alonso-Villar

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Using the 2005–2007 American Community Survey, this paper analyzes the extent of geographical disparities in occupational segregation by race and ethnicity across the United 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, this paper adapts 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 Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada in its series Working Papers with number 1102.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:vig:wpaper:1102

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

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  1. Clotfelter, Charles T., 1998. "Public School Segregation in Metropolitan Areas," Working Papers 98-12, Duke University, Department of Economics.
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  7. Olga Alonso-Villar & Coral del Río, 2008. "Local versus overall segregation measures," Working Papers 0802, Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada.
  8. Olga Alonso-Villar & Coral del Río & Carlos Gradín, 2010. "The extent of occupational segregation in the US: Differences by race, ethnicity, and gender," Working Papers 180, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
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  1. Olga Alonso-Villar & Carlos Gradin & Coral del Rio, 2012. "Occupational segregation of Hispanics in U.S. metropolitan areas," Working Papers 242, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.

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