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Chutes and Ladders: Migration and Male Racial Occupational Segregation


  • White, Nancy E.
  • Wolaver, Amy M.


We examine the relationship between migration and occupational segregation for black and white job changers. Using a modified experience good model, our findings from the NLSY suggest that black migrants in good quality occupation matches advance their occupational positions, but do not catch up to whites. Bad match black migrants, on the other hand, lose the most ground on occupational ladders relative to all blacks and whites in our sample. Our results suggest that future research should focus on the underlying labor market history of individuals, where finding good initial occupation matches for blacks in combination with geographical mobility may be the most effective strategy for public policy aimed at decreasing occupational segregation.

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  • White, Nancy E. & Wolaver, Amy M., 2006. "Chutes and Ladders: Migration and Male Racial Occupational Segregation," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 36(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jrapmc:132327

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    1. Paul W. Miller & Paul A. Volker, 1985. "On the Determination of Occupational Attainment and Mobility," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 20(2), pages 197-213.
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    1. Maria Abreu & Alessandra Faggian & Philip McCann, 2011. "Migration and inter-industry mobility of UK graduates: Effect on earnings and career satisfaction," ERSA conference papers ersa11p118, European Regional Science Association.


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